I enjoyed meeting with many of Hawaii’s Fire Chiefs at the Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association Convention that was held recently in Kapalua, Maui. The HFCA is affiliated with the Western Fire Chiefs Association, a division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Now in its 34th year, HFCA membership has grown to over 150 members and associate members as has their support of fire organizations throughout the State of Hawaii. The chiefs meet together once a year to foster a collaborative effort to improve fire response to a variety of fire issues from military to wildfire.
There were some great presenters, including NFPA’s Ray Bizal, who spoke about his efforts on behalf of the NFPA to assist the Fire Chiefs with a variety of projects. he focus of the Fire Chiefs in the future is to promote more educational opportunities for firefighters.
On my way to the conference, I could see the damage on the dry side of the island. Yes, even Hawaii has a wildland/urban interface fire problem! Hawaiians are all working hard together to reduce risk in order to save lives and property as well as preserve sensitive natural resources. To learn more about Firewise Communities and how your community can become a part of the solution visit www.firewise.org.