HFD learning from firefighter deaths on mainland

HFD learning from firefighter deaths on mainland

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters are now benefiting from the deaths of their brethren on the mainland. The Fire Ground Survival Program is being implemented by the HFD for the first time.  It's comprised of six different scenarios that cost firefighters their lives in the line of duty.

Those deaths are now cautionary tales for others to avoid.

"They want to go in, help somebody. This takes care of them, in case they do go in and something happens," said Captain Darrell Hee.

The cost is just over a million dollars, and that will go to train between 1,100-1,200 firefighters. The program is three days in length.  Each firefighter attends during off-time, so staffing at the different stations across Oahu won't be affected.

"Hopefully we won't have to use this but if we do, we'll know what we need to do if it ever comes to that point," said Captain Kevin Mokulehua.

Some of the demonstrations include how to hang from a window sill to avoid temperatures inside a burning structure that can top 1000 degrees.  How to navigate debris fields, and equipment familiarity.  Other training educates firefighters on rapid, face-first descents from ladders and escaping through the wall of a structure.

"If you can't find a way out, learn how to go through a wall from both sides and get yourself out," described Captain Hee.

The HFD will perpetuate the training.  All incoming classes will from now on receive instruction.  Veterans will have periodic training refreshers.

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