The Hawaii County Fire Department's "Fire Protection Division" has the responsibility of protecting life and property from fire and other multifarious emergencies. HFD's multi-emergency work force manages a variety of crises throughout the island of Hawaii and adjacent shores. HCFD provides the following services for all Big Island residents and visitors: (1) Fire suppression (structural, vehicular, brush, crops, etc.), (2) medical emergencies (pre-hospital for traumatic or natural illness), (3) land and sea rescues involving water sports or fishing, overdue hikers, hunters, or fishermen, etc; (4) vehicular or other extrications, (5) hazardous materials mitigation. [Text pulled from the Hawaii County FD Annual Reports].
HCFD / EMS Department Structure
The Hawaii County Fire Department has 20 full-time fire/medic stations, and twenty volunteer fire stations. There are over 60+ pieces of apparatus available for a variety of emergencies that may occur on the Big Island's 4,028 square miles (yes, it is a VERY huge island with limited resources).
For firefighting purposes, the County of Hawaii is divided into two battalion areas, East and West. All multiple-alarm calls (structure fires, rescues, and auto-accident with extrication) require a full-alarm assignment in which a Battalion Chief is called to respond as well. The Battalion Chief's primarily responsibility is to provide direction and control of an incident so that other emergency services can render assistance, should it become necessary.
All dispatches for Fire and Medical units are done on 154.385 MHz using a two-tone paging system similar to those used by the Federal Fire Department on Oahu and various Emergency Medical Services departments within the state. Unlike other Fire/EMS/Rescue departments which dispatch only fire or medical calls, Hawaii County dispatches both departments, and is able to coordinate co-response units much quicker than on Maui or even Oahu.
Each station/medic unit is assigned a pre-determined tactical frequency as outlined below. All on-scene communications and status reports take place on that one frequency, and Medics switch over to 453.4000 (Medicom) for all hospital-to-ambulance communications. Channels 4 and 5 are tactical simplex frequencies used in major multiple-alarm emergencies where coordination and direction is of utmost importance.
Ch. Output Input PL Description F-1 154.385-153.950 186.2 Fire/EMS Dispatch F-2 154.310-153.890 186.2 HCFD Area Operations F-3 154.445-154.010 186.2 HCFD Area Operations F-4 154.130-154.130 186.2 HCFD Tactical Simplex F-5 154.445-154.445 186.2 HCFD Tactical Simplex F-6 154.205-154.205 186.2 HCFD Tactical Simplex F-7 154.310-154.310 186.2 HCFD Tactical Simplex F-8 154.385-154.385 186.2 HCFD Tactical Simplex
453.400-458.400 MEDICOM-Hospital to Ambulances Comms
Fire Stations/Medic Quarters
Apparatus Key: E=Engine, CH=Chopper, H=Hazmat, M=Medic, R=Rescue, T=Tanker
Stn Btn Location Tac-Freq Apparatus 1 East Central 154.310 Engine 1, Medic 1, Tanker 1, Assistant Fire Chief (East Side) 1A East Pepeekeo VFD 154.310 2 East Waiakea 154.310 Engine 2, Rescue 2, Rescue Boat 2, Chopper 1, Fuel Truck 3 East Kawailani 154.310 Engine 3, Medic 3 4 East Kaumana 154.310 Engine 4, Hazmat 4, (air compressor on trailer) 5 East Keaau 154.445 Engine 5, Medic 5, Brush 5 5A East Keaau-VFD 154.445 5B East Keaau-VFD 154.445 5C East Keaau-VFD 154.445 5D East Fern Acres VFD 154.445 6 West Captain Cook 154.310 Engine 6, Medic 6 6A West Milolii 154.310 6B West Kona Paradise Sub. 154.310 7 West Kailua-Kona 154.310 Engine 7, Ladder 7, Medic 7, Rescue 7, Rescue Boat 7, Tanker 7 7B West Kalaoa 154.310 7D West Four Seasons VFD 154.445 8 East Honokaa 154.445 Engine 8, Medic 8, X-ray 8 (For Waipio Valley Incidents) 8A East Honokaa VFD 154.445 9 West Waimea 154.445 Engine 9, Medic 9, Tanker 9 9A West Waikii Ranch VFD 154.445 10 East Pahoa 154.445 Engine 10, Medic 10, Tanker 10 10A East Pahoa-VFD 154.445 10B East Pahoa-VFD 154.445 10C East Hawaiian Pdse Park VFD 154.445* 10D East Fern Forest 154.445 11 East Pahala 154.310 Engine 11 11A East Naalehu 154.310 Medic 11 11B East Discovery Harbor VFD 154.310 11C East HOVE 154.445 11D East Pahala VFD 154.445 12 West Keauhou 154.310 Engine 12, Medic 12 14 West South Kohala 154.445 Engine 14, Medic 14, Tanker 14, Chopper 2, Fuel Truck 14A West South Kohala VFD 154.445 15 West North Kohala 154.445 Engine 15, Medic 15 15A West North Kohala VFD 154.445 16 West Waikoloa 154.445 Engine 16, Medic 16, Tanker 16, Assistant Fire Chief (West Side) 16A West Waikoloa VFD 154.445 16B West Waikoloa VFD 154.445 17 East Laupahoehoe 154.445 Engine 17, Brush 17 17A East Laupahoehoe VFD 154.445 18 East Hawaiian Paradise Park 154.445 Engine 18 18A East Orchid Land 154.445 19 East HVNP 154.310 Medic 19 19A East 20 East HOVE 154.445 Engine 20 (New designation, not yet online) FEDERAL HVNP FEDERAL Pohakuloa Training Area Chopper 1 is the Rescue Chopper housed at the Waiakea Fire Station Chopper 2 is the Medevac Chopper housed at the South Kohala Fire Station
ISLAND OF HAWAII - HAWAII COUNTY AGENCIES 10-CODE
Hawaii County Police Department Response Codes
|Emergency response (no lights & siren)|
|Emergency response (lights & siren)|
Hawaii County Police Department 10-Codes
|10-1||Return to station||10-14||Chow|
|10-2||Call ____||10-15||Officer in trouble|
|10-3||Meet officer/complainant||10-16||Prisoner/subject in custody|
|10-6||Repeat||10-19||Motor vehicle accident (MVA)|
|10-7||Arrived at scene||10-27||Drivers license check|
|10-8||In service||10-28||License plate check|
|10-9||Off the car (give location)||10-44||Suspect left scene|
|10-10||EMS Call||10-92||Parking violation|
Hawaii County Fire-Rescue-EMS 10-Codes
|10-0||Unreachable by radio||10-7||Standing by|
|10-1||Responding||10-8||Call by phone|
|10-3||Returning to station||10-10||Transporting patient|
|10-5||At station||10-X||Available by radio|
|10-6||Situation report||10-Y||Available at home|
Hawaii County EMS Patient & Priority Transport Codes
|Patient in good/fair condition||
|Emergency transport to ____ hospital.|
|Bravo||Patient in serious condition||
|Priority transport to ____ hospital.|
|Charlie||Patient in critical condition||
|Routine transport to ____ hospital.|