Hawaii fire department warns of telephone scam

The Hawaii County Fire Department says its name is being used in a scam circulating on the Big Island.

An organization by the name of FAR (Firefighters and First Responders) has been contacting residents and retired fire personnel soliciting donations to assist firefighters and emergency responders, Fire Chief Darren Rosario says.

The caller provides an out-of-state phone number that is not in service and claims the Hawaii Fire Department and the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association support this organization and their efforts to raise money.

The Hawaii Fire Department and the union have no knowledge of this organization and say this scam is a blatant misuse of the Hawaii Fire Department to mislead the public.

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