Police Call: Wildland fire services on our installations protect lives and property

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments


Col Miller


Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


Established in 2006, the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Emergency Services’ Fire Division fills a critical niche in the Army’s fire prevention plan, protecting the lives and property of the surrounding communities, as well as the threatened and endangered plants and animals that live on or near Oahu’s Army installations.

U.S. Army Hawaii is supported by a wealth of expertise and professionalism in the form of its Army wildland firefighters. These firefighters stand ready to respond to fire emergencies across our installations and in particular within our training areas.

The Fire and Emergency Services Division is the only National Wildfire Coordinating Group certified and fully-staffed in the state of Hawaii, providing fire suppression for all Army installations and training areas on Oahu.

The division is comprised of 12 wildland firefighters who have experience working wildfires in Hawaii and across the continental U.S., from the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest to the swaps of the Florida Everglades and the mountains of Appalachia.

These professionals are highly trained to provide tier one level service across USARHAW.

Wildland fire personnel prevent brush and range fires by implementing prescribed burns, a fire management tool designed to reduce excess brush (fuel) from Army ranges in a controlled and orchestrated manner.

Prescribed burns take months of planning and coordination to execute and ensure Soldiers have access to the best training areas available.

Each firefighter is devoted to the protection and preservation of our community. I am proud and relieved to have these consummate professionals serving our community through their relentless efforts in facing these dangers. They have my thanks.


Wildland Firefighters

Being a USAG-HI wildland firefighter requires many specialized skill sets and certifications, including these:

•Basic firefighter.

•Incident command.

•Firebreak construction.

•Helicopter support operations.

•Prescribe fire operations.

•Handline construction.

•Hose lay operations.

•Mobile attack.

•Initial attack and extended attack operations.

Additional training includes fire investigation, fire prevention and specialized communications that allow coordinated fire suppression operations using military and civilian aircraft.


Police Beat Roll-Up

From Dec. 4, 2014, to Jan. 19, the following occurred on USARHAW installations:


Schofield Barracks

24, domestic disturbances

18, wrongful damaging of property

13, duty upon striking

10, assaults

5, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle

1, DUI

1, limitations on backing

1, abuse of a family member


Fort Shafter

2, domestic disturbances

1, wrongful damaging of property


Mendonca Park

1, wrongful damaging of property



1, limitations on backing

4, wrongful damaging of property

1, duty upon dtriking



2, assaults

1, domestic disturbance



1, wrongful damaging of property

1, assault

4, domestic disturbances

2, duty upon striking


Fort DeRussy

1, limitations on backing



1, limitations on backing


Violations off post

10, DUIs

2. wrongful damaging of property




For more information on any of the resources listed in this article, you may contact the agencies through the Directorate of Emergency Services. Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.


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