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Emergency Response Exercise at Kona Airport

Emergency response exercise drills will be taking place at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as the airport will serve as the staging area for the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise.

The exercise is a mandatory certification requirement by the Federal Aviation Administration, which tests airfield disaster preparedness and response by simulating a full-scale aircraft emergency disaster. The exercise tests and evaluates the operational capacity of emergency response in a stress environment.

Aircraft Rescue Firefighters cart a simulated victim to the triage area as part of the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise. HDOT Photo

The multi-agency exercise from 8 a.m. to noon will utilize student and teacher volunteers from the West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy who will act as injured passengers.

Participating agencies include the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division staff, HDOT Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting units, Securitas, FAA, Transportation Security Administration, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, Hawaiʻi County Fire and Police Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Kona Community Hospital, American Red Cross, University of the Nations Kona Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), American Medical Response, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaiʻi Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaiʻi Air National Guard 154th Wing, United Airlines and other airline personnel.

Flight operations will continue as normal during the exercise with no impact to scheduled flights.
HDOT alerts the public there will be realistic scenarios portraying injured people on the airport property and may include fire, fire suppression, rescue, triage, treatment and transportation using emergency response vehicles.

This is a drill and not a real-life emergency.

Hawai’i Fire Department’s 13th Annual EMS Run To Be Held In Hilo

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Hawai’i Fire Department is sponsoring their 13th annual EMS Family Fun Run/Walk, Keiki Fun Run, and Health Fair on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The event will take place at Lili’uokalani Park in Hilo, and the public is invited to participate.
EMS Run
The 5K Family Fun Run and 2-Mile Walk begins and ends at Lili’uokalani Park. Both events will begin at 8:30 a.m. A Keiki Fun Run, a non-competitive event for children ages 3 to 10, will be held within Liliuokalani Park following the 5K run.
Applications may be downloaded, obtained at the Spencer Health and Fitness Center, the Fire Administration office located at the County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2501, in Hilo, at any district fire station, or by calling 932-2900 during normal business hours. The entrance fee is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth, students & seniors (60+).
Awards will be presented following the completion of the event. All participants will also become eligible to receive random drawing prizes which have been provided by our generous sponsors.
The family fun run/walk will also kick off various events and displays that will continue throughout the day. The American Heart Association (blood pressure screening), Ululani Pharmacy (blood sugar/cholesterol screening), Big Island Asthma Coalition-East Hawai’i (asthma awareness and education), Hospice of Hilo, Tri Fit (personal fitness assessment administered by Kea’au High School students), and the County of Hawai’i Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Keiki ID) are among the agencies that will provide their services to the public.
The Hawai’i Island branch office of the American Cancer Society will have volunteers and staff on hand to assist with the event as well as to provide information about their services.
One of the beneficiaries of the EMS Run will be the Greg Cameron Fireman’s Fund, a non-profit fund that will be used to help firefighter’s families that need help while fighting hardship and disease.
EMS Week, which is celebrated nationwide, will bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical “front line.” The celebration of EMS Week underscores the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS personnel who provide an essential community service every day. The Emergency Medical Services Week coordinators are Battalion Chief Lance Uchida (Emergency Medical Services Bureau, telephone 961-8319) and Battalion Chief Jerry Lum (telephone 961-8348). The fun run/walk race director is EMS Captain Jesse Ebersole.
The County of Hawai’i’s Emergency Medical Services Division provides 24-hour quality pre-hospital emergency medical care and services to the residents and visitors on Hawai’i. Last year, EMS responded to 15,310 calls for assistance island wide. To learn more about your local EMS Bureau, please call 961-8319.

 

Hawaii County Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year Announced

Media Release:

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized Officer Lloyd Ishikawa as “Officer of the Year” and Battalion Chief Lance Uchida as “Firefighter of the Year” in a dinner ceremony Thursday evening (March 24).

 

Officer of the Year Lloyd Ishikawa and Firefighter of the Year Lance Uchida display their plaques.

Ishikawa is a patrol officer in the Puna District who joined the Police Department in 1986. Uchida, a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department, is in charge of Emergency Medical Services. During a ceremony at the Hilo Yacht Club, each man received a plaque from the Aloha Exchange Club, a proclamation from the mayor’s office and a gift basket of donated items.

Ishikawa was honored for what Sergeant Juergen Canda called “his dedication to duty and initiative” that led him to make five bench warrant arrests, close three felony all-points bulletins, recover a stolen vehicle and locate a runaway “all within a span of one hour.”

On July 29, 2010, Officer Ishikawa responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to assist in locating a wanted person. He located the person and assisted in arresting him for two outstanding bench warrants. While in the subdivision, he investigated complaints about suspicious persons in the neighborhood and located three adults and a juvenile. Two of the adults were wanted for outstanding bench warrants and felony auto theft all-points bulletins and the juvenile was a reported runaway. The third adult was in possession of a stolen vehicle.

“This is a tremendous feat of police work by Puna’s most senior officer, who not only leads by example in his dedication to duty, but with the vigor and enthusiasm of a rookie,” Canda wrote in his nomination papers.

At the “Officer of the Year/Firefighter of the Year” ceremony, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira said the incident that was cited in Ishikawa’s nomination is just an example of his commitment to the job. “This is what he does on a daily basis. This is how hard he works,” Ferreira said. “I’m very, very proud to be here with him tonight.”

Uchida was recognized for his oversight of the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau. In a write-up about his accomplishments, Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira said Uchida was promoted to Battalion Chief of the EMS Bureau on December 1, 2010.

“Like every assignment that is asked of him, Battalion Chief Uchida accepted his new assignment with the willingness and open mind to learn, the ability to lead, and the continued passion for his chosen career choice,” Oliveira wrote. “Battalion Chief Lance Uchida is one of the reasons the Hawai’i Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services program has been so successful in the County of Hawai’i. He truly cares about what he does and always strives to make a positive impact for the people he serves.”

In addition to overseeing Emergency Medical Services, Uchida also provides CPR, AED and first aid training to the community, mentors high school students and is active in community service.

During the awards ceremony, Oliveira described Uchida as a “go-to person” and a role model to other firefighters. “Thank you for being there for the community in everything that you do,” he said.

The “Officer of the Year” and “Fire Fighter of the Year” awards are projects of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i.