EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Melanie Yamaguchi
The Honolulu Fire Department dedicated a new fire station Tuesday at its Ocean Pointe location in Ewa Beach.
Located on Kaileolea Drive, the new 12,300-square-foot fire house replaces the original Ewa Beach station on Pohakupuna Road. Haseko Development, Inc.' donated one acre of land to the City and County of Honolulu for the station.
"This project has been planned for years and is the result of the public and private collaborative effort to bring this station into fruition," Acting Fire Chief Emmit A. Kane said.
Designed by Kodama/Okamoto Architects Inc. and built by 57 Builders Ltd at a cost of approximately $6.1 million., it's the first City project to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"HFD also recognizes the modern needs of the city," Kane said. "It was built to provide an environmentally responsible, resource-efficient building which will result in energy-efficient savings and reduce our impact on the environment."
The one-story station includes a three-story training tower - the tallest building in Ewa Beach - for firefighting drills and training, according to HFD.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell touted the unique attributes of the fire station as a symbol of the growing Ewa Beach community.
"We're cutting edge out here," he said. "It's about the future. It's about those people who are going to be living here in 2030 and we're starting today."
The station is also HFD's first gender-neutral fire station, meaning female firefighters get individual bedrooms and bathrooms instead of a barracks-style dormitory.
"For us, it is about making sure that women firefighters feel as comfortable and as welcome as the male component does," Caldwell said. "We want to see women firefighters grow in our community and the only way to do that is by providing the gender neutral aspects of this station."
Some other features include solar water heating, an equipment decontamination room and a washer to remove contaminants from firefighters' clothing.
Ewa Beach firefighter David Berting said he's proud to be a part of the station and is looking forward to the added features.
"It's great, it's state of the art," he said. "It's a little bit more strategically located for Ewa Beach. A little bit more centrally located with the growing community so it will help serve the future homes and families that are living out here."
HFD also plans to open another fire station in Ewa Beach and one in East Kapolei.