HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County's police and fire departments are assuring the public that services won't be compromised if lava consumes main stations on Pahoa's Highway 130.
Even though the lava flow has been stalled, officials have been bracing for the eventual possibility it could reach the shared campus where the police and fire stations sit.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that if lava forces an evacuation, Fire Chief Darren Rosario and Puna police Capt. Samuel Jelsma say they can rely on substations on the other side of the flow.
Rosario says extra equipment can be moved to the Hawaiian Paradise Park fire station.
Jelsma says police can use the Hawaii National Guard post near Puna Geothermal Venture. A substation in Keaau would become the main station for the Puna region.