At a luncheon ceremony, on Friday, March 3, 2017, the Department of Fire & Public Safety celebrated the graduation of its 32nd firefighter recruit class at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.
Sixteen firefighters graduated from the Maui Fire Department’s 26-week recruit training program. The program, which is run by the Maui Fire Department, also trains firefighter recruits for the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division, and is designed to train and evaluate fire recruits on the many skills and disciplines necessary to serve the public as a firefighter. MFD has partnered with the State, Airports Division since 2010. The joint relationship takes advantage of cost saving measures which benefits both agencies.
Fourteen firefighters, which included one woman, joined the ranks of the Maui Fire Department and were assigned to Maui County fire stations on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. They are: Brent Barbero, Micah Chavez, Eli Ferreira, Joshua Guth, Chad Johnson, Aaron Kahaloa, Chad Kaulukukui, Joseph Landi, Kelsey Manning, Tyler Orikasa, Richard Sato, Reyford Stone, Mark Walker, Jr., and Ryan Worcester.
Two firefighters went on to serve at State of Hawaii, Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting stations at the Kahului and Hilo airports. They are: Manaloa Aikala and Kaimikila Moraes.
Recruits received their badges and pledged their oath in a much anticipated graduation ceremony, during which each recruit selected a special family member to carry out the traditional “Pinning of the Badge.” Maui Fire Chief, Jeffrey Murray delivered the time-honored Firefighter’s Oath of Service.
Graduating recruits were presented with the following awards, recognizing those who finished at the top of their class in the following categories.
Academics Award – Aaron Kahaloa
Presented to the recruit with the highest scholastic average on all written course
examinations administered throughout the training program.
Functional Skills Award – Eli Ferreira
Presented to the recruit who demonstrated the highest competency in functional
skills assessments throughout the training program.
Team Award – Kelsey Manning & Aaron Kahaloa
Presented to the two-man team who demonstrated the ability to perform complex
hands-on drills under high-pressure situations, with the highest degree of
expedience and efficiency.
Firefighter Spirit, Ho‘ūlu Award – Tyler Orikasa
Named in honor of the late Fire Captain, Charles Iwata, this award honors the true
passion and firefighter spirit that Captain Iwata was so widely known for. This
award is presented to the recruit who displayed a high moral character and
exceptional attitude, and whose conduct reflects respect and heart towards others,
and to the firefighting profession.
Most Outstanding, Overall – Joseph Landi
Selected by recruit training officers, this award is presented to the recruit that
excelled in every phase of recruit training, and demonstrated outstanding
leadership ability, projected an exceptional attitude, and led their class in physical