Grossly underequipped, under trained, and underserved as a community. As a volunteer company under the county Paid department we are considered more of an overhaul service than a fire department. With the community growing the way it is, this must change, and we must become fully compliant with NFPA 1500, as well as becoming a medical response and rescue company.
FF1 & 2, Fire officer 1, Forestry, Heavy rescue, swift water rescue,
Topics you provide training for:
None at the current time but I hope to become our internal training officer soon. We need one.
Areas of expertise:
Tanker ops, rural water supply, ropes and knots, ventilation, the list goes on. As a former officer I was responsible for the training of my duty section on a monthly basis, so I have studied quite a bit on diverse topics.
Too many years ago to count, about 17, My friend borrowed my folk's car to go on a date. While DUI, he totalled the car and killed his date. The State took no action, so I did. I set about to make things cosmically right by joining the volunteer department that responded to the call. They were the best! I could not have gotten better training if I had gotten into a paid academy. I made Lieutenant in three years and after two years in that position, thought I might try to go paid, so I moved to Denver. Four years trying to compete in that climate of "do anything to get the job", left me tired and burnt out, realizing I just wanted to Volunteer. When I moved to Hawaii this year, that option came again open, and here I am, on Engine Company 5-B in Hawaii County, and proud of it!
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