Hawaii News

Friday, June 15, 2018

5 long-time Honolulu firefighters promoted to Battalion Chiefs

The Honolulu Fire Department has welcomed five new Battalion Chiefs to the ranks after years of dedicated service. At a promotion ceremony Thursday, Joseph Kostiha, Robert Thurston, David Morgan, Jarin Wong and Bryan Soares were promoted and honored. All five men have been with the fire department for more than 20 years. Koshita now represents the Planning and Development section while Soares works with the Surface Water Rescue and Rescue Watercraft Program. Wong has been assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, investigations and public information. Battalion 5 2nd platoon is now under the command of Thurston, and the 3rd platoon by Morgan. "The Honolulu Fire Department congratulates the five new Battalion Chiefs who were promoted in today’s ceremony held at Hale Kinai Ahi Auditorium in HFD Headquarters," HFD said.
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Visitor dies in waters off Kauai

A Pennsylvania man died while swimming in waters off Larsen's Beach on Kauai Wednesday afternoon. Kauai police have identified him as Scott Harmon, 48. According to a preliminary investigation, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Harmon was swimming with a friend when he became distressed then unresponsive in the water. A bystander on the beach noticed the men in distress and swam out to them to with a rescue tube. Harmon was brought to shore where the bystanders began administering CPR. Lifeguards from the Ocean Safety Bureau's East Roving Unit were first on scene, followed by firefighters from the Hanalei fire station. Once there, personnel continued resuscitation efforts until Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 arrived and airlifted the man to a nearby landing zone on Koolau Road. Awaiting medics transported Harmon to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is pending for later this week to determine the cause of death. Representatives from Life's Bridges, a grief counseling service, assisted Harmon's family.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cooking fire chars kitchen, adjacent room of Hilo home

Hawaii island firefighters extinguished a fire at a Hilo home Wednesday night. Firefighters responded to the blaze at a single-story, wooden house located at 43 Nahale-A Avenue at about 9:25 p.m. When they arrived, they observed affected residents standing outside of the five-bedroom home. One of the residents told firefighters that oil from pan caught fire while they were cooking and that flames reached items above the stove. Unable to extinguish the fire, the Hawaii County Fire Department said the residents safely evacuated the home. Firefighters observed flames in the kitchen and an adjacent room. They brought the fire under control at 9:40 p.m. and extinguished it within 10 minutes. Damage to the structure and its contents was estimated at $100,000.
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Head-on collision in Punaluu halts traffic

Firefighters responded to a head-on collision between a firetruck and a truck at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday in Punaluu. A 70-year-old female and a 7-year-old girl were transferred to EMS care at the scene of the collision near Hanohano Hale Apartments. They are both in serious condition due to injuries. All occupants of the firetruck were in stable condition. Traffic was contra-flow along 349 Kamehameha highway while Emergency Medical Services responded. Island News will have the latest updates.
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