In June 2016 a routine exercise off Diamond Head goes terribly wrong. Veteran firefighter Clifford Rigsbee sustains blunt force injuries while being towed at the back of a watercraft.
The incident kills Rigsbee, a seasoned triathlete.
Union president Bobby Lee says Rigsbee's death shook up fellow firefighters. A number expressing fear because they felt they weren't getting enough training in the water.
"We found out that there was actually more incidents, more accidents prior to Cliff's death that were similar in nature," Bobby Lee, President of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association said. According to the Department, firefighters are required to undergo ten hours of training every three months. However, Lee says most of it isn't spent in the water.
"It can be jet ski maintenance it can be classroom time just reviewing policy procedures," Lee said. "You could have individuals that don't even hit the water within that quarter or only a couple of hours."
KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu
A fire at the old Waialua Sugar Mill this afternoon caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage, fire investigators found.
Fire damages include an estimated $1,012,500 to the structure and $180,000 to its contents.
No cause has yet been determined, the Honolulu Fire Department said tonight in a news release.
“It was reported that no one was inside the structure at the time of the fire,” HFD said.
No one was injured in the three-alarm fire. An hour after the first alarm, HFD was continuing to relocate and send additional personnel.
Firefighters brought the blaze this afternoon under control in an hour and a half.
The fire personnel first on scene found that half of a one-story warehouse was involved with smoke and flames. It was being used as a wood mill, HFD said.
The first alarm was at 3:04 p.m. The first unit arrived at 3:10 p.m. and was brought under control at 4:29 p.m.