Hawaii Volunteer Fire Captains Association

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The Hawaii Volunteer Fire Captains Association Web Site
     This site is dedicated to the men and women of the Hawaii Fire Department, Volunteer Division or anyone interested in learning more about the Volunteer Fire Company in there community.

News
You will find the latest news on what is happening to include the minutes from the Quarterly Captains meeting and any event that is happening at any of the Volunteer stations island wide. This information will be updated on a regular bases so check back often to stay informed.

Photo Gallery
The Photo Gallery is broken down into 3 pages. Move your cursor over the word Photo Gallery you will see the Training Photos and Working Fires Galleries. These are pretty self explanatory about what is in those sections. The main Gallery is a mix of individual pictures of the Volunteer Companies, their equipment and anything else that doesn’t fall under the other two categories.

Company Information
Find the location of the Volunteer Company in your area along with the names of there Company Officers, types of apparatus and what there response area is.

Comments
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hawaii Fire Department Volunteer Division use the form below. Make sure to include the subdivision that you live in. Please read over the MinImum Qualifications to become a Volunteer Firefighter below. 

If you have any questions or comments for any of the Company Officers or HFD Volunteer Training Division, please drop us a note.  

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER APPLICANT

1. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

2. Must be a United States citizen. 3.Must possess a valid Hawaii Driver’s License.

4. 
Must complete the required HAWAII COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE application.

5.  
Applicants must meet the suitability guidelines for hire as established by the Hawaii Fire Department.

6.  
Must submit to and pass a County-required background check (notarized waiver required) and physical examination (PUC) by the County’s physician.

7. 
Must be willing to comply with the HFD-approved guidelines (SOG’s) for Volunteer Firefighters.

8. 
Must be willing to follow the “Chain of Command” and follow, without prejudice, the instructions and orders of the person in charge of his/her company during a training or response event.

9. 
Must be willing to submit to possible drug/alcohol testing. No individual will be permitted to respond to training or a “tone-out” if their physical and/or mental abilities are impaired (ie. illness, injury, alcohol, or drugs of any kind). Reporting for duty while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are grounds for immediate termination.

10.
Must be willing to publically represent the Hawaii Fire Department Volunteer Division honorably and responsibly, acting with pride and compassion.

11.
Should attend three (3) consecutive HFD-conducted training sessions as an orientation before application shall be considered. This gives the applicant the opportunity to confirm their commitment to the training requirements. Applicant will attend all training wearing appropriate clothing (t-shirt, heavy long cotton pants, work shoes), and may only observe physical training, not participate.

12. 
Shall reside in Volunteer district to which they are applying unless approved by the Fire Chief.

After passing the required background check and PUC physical an Applicant may be added as a probationary Volunteer Firefighter to a Volunteer Company’s ACTIVE personnel roster. Uniform items, personal protective equipment (PPE), Volunteer Firefighter ID, and miscellaneous gear may then be issued. A member’s advancement from the probationary period, generally a minimum of 3 months, will be at the discretion of both the Company Officer and the HFD Training Officer.

Latest News

HVFCA MEETING
November 19, 2016
19A
19A station, Volcano
Minutes
10:00 CALL MEETING TO ORDER
I. SIGN IN SHEET/ CONTACT SHEET/ AGENDA
II. INTRODUCTIONS
FIRE COMMISIONERS/COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS/ OTHER GUESTS
VOLUNTEER CAPTAINS AND HFD

III. HFD CHIEF OR REPRESENTATIVE OPENING REMARKS/ NEWS
Thanks everyone for being safety conscious
Wishes all to have a good holidays
Appreciates all volunteers do

IIIa Fire Commissioners remarks
Fire commissioner Bob Becker asked if anyone needed more truck manuals. He would email them as needed.

IV. HFD VOLUNTEER TRAINERS REMARKS/ NEWS
CAPTAIN KOMATSU
A small amount of radios have not been done
Will be giving out award money soon
Get driver audits in

CAPTAIN ICHIMURA
Thanked Captains for maintenance of equipment
V. NEW BUISNESS
Vote for Volunteer commander
Cpt Bertsch has been nominated by Cpt Fritz
Captains voted to accept Captain John Bertsch as the new commander. Captain Lakin will finish the meeting as Commander.
VI. OLD BUISNESS
Update on radios
When will final switch be done?
Maybe early 2017

Pagers
Not enough pagers, some pagers dying

VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
SAFETY COMMITTEE
DERICK DOMINGO
No report
VIII. OPEN FORUM
Was brought up that it might be time for the SOG to be reviewed

Hair length was brought up and Chief said it was up to the captain of the company, keeping in mind safety.

Problems were shared about radios, mainly batteries do not last long enough. As volunteers, we must have our radios on 24/7. Some captains have said they were called out and the radios died after a few hours. Need chargers in the trucks to maintain radio charge.

It was decided to have a radio group to meet with the county radio manager to share our concerns.
Chief said if radio stolen a police report must be filed
IX. NEXT MEETING
February 18, 2017
14A
X. MEETING ADJOURNED
Thank you to Captain Lakin’s wife, Nancy, for a delicious lunch

HVFCA MEETING
August 13, 2016
8A
8A station Paauilo
MINUTES
10:00 CALL MEETING TO ORDER
I. SIGN IN SHEET/ CONTACT SHEET/ AGENDA
II. INTRODUCTIONS
FIRE COMMISIONERS/COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS/ OTHER GUESTS
VOLUNTEER CAPTAINS AND HFD
III. HFD CHIEF OR REPRESENTATIVE OPENING REMARKS/ NEWS
Chief shared he will talk with new mayor to find out mayor’s focus for the coming years.
IIIa Fire Commissioners remarks
No comment
IV. HFD VOLUNTEER TRAINERS REMARKS/ NEWS
CAPTAIN KOMATSU
Updated email list asked captains to check as this will be given to dispatch so they have a way to communicate with volunteer captains
CAPTAIN ICHIMURA
Asked how companies are doing with radios
V. NEW BUISNESS
Nominations for Volunteer commander
Cpt Bertsch has been nominated by Cpt Fritz
The voting will take place next meeting
Procedures for grants Cpt Shisler
All grant request must be sent up the chain of command, chief must approve all grants
New driver trailer is coming soon
Chief likes idea that volunteers can test out for fire department driver’s license, chief says it is possible.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
Update on radios
Was brought to the chief’s attention, battery life not long enough. Need either second battery or vehicle chargers.
Chief to check on situation
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
SAFETY COMMITTEE
DERICK DOMINGO
Give arrival info on radio, acknowledge you have received tone out, make sure dispatch knows where you are. Be safe
VIII. OPEN FORUM
Chief thankful for our commitment to our jobs
Wants us to be safe and take care of ourselves
The taking of medical marijuana is not allowed in the fire department
IX. NEXT MEETING
November 19, 2016
Station 19A
X. MEETING ADJOURNED
Thank you to 8A for hosting and feeding us

HVFCA MEETING
May 14, 2016
7B
Aupuni Center
Meeting minutes

10:00 CALL MEETING TO ORDER

I. SIGN IN SHEET/ CONTACT SHEET/ AGENDA

II. INTRODUCTIONS

FIRE COMMISIONERS/COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS/ OTHER GUESTS

VOLUNTEER CAPTAINS AND HFD

III. HFD CHIEF OR REPRESENTATIVE OPENING REMARKS/ NEWS

Chief thanked everyone for their help with the past fires
Had kudos from residents to volunteers

IIIa Fire Commissioners remarks
Cmmissioners thanked volunteers for what we do and always answering the call.

IV. HFD VOLUNTEER TRAINERS REMARKS/ NEWS

CAPTAIN KOMATSU
Unable to attend
CAPTAIN ICHIMURA
Reminded about turning in award receipts
Always use full PPE
New PUC forms HFD Volunteer on forms
Thanked everyone for hard work

V. NEW BUISNESS

Nominations for Volunteer commander
Commander Lakin unsure if he will continue will talk with Chief first

VI. OLD BUISNESS
Accident coverage and LOOD
Proper call out of volunteers
Update on radios
OPEN DISCUSSION
Good discussion on benefits questions answered
Be careful of open mikes, man down function discussed
New tower being added
If PPE is bad be sure to get it replaced, notify training Capts
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
UNIFORM COMMITTEE
PAUL LAKIN &JOHN BERTSCH
Discussed class B shirts for capts, paid side may have to get nomex uniforms.
Consensus at this time is no change in volunteer class B uniforms
SAFETY COMMITTEE
DERICK DOMINGO
No report

VIII. OPEN FORUM
It was noted that some company’s brush trucks have street tires in stead of all terrain, will be looked into

IX. NEXT MEETING
August 13, 2016 at 8A

X. MEETING ADJOURNED
Big thank you for 7B for lunch

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