Wildfire season is about to begin

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
2015 Wildfire

2015 Wildfire

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

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.

Established in 2006, the garrison’s 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.

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.

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.

IMG_0773Wildland 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.

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