At a luncheon ceremony, on Friday, September 28, the Department of Fire & Public Safety celebrated the graduation of its 34th firefighter recruit class at the Café Olei Restaurant located in the Dunes Maui Lani Clubhouse.
Twenty-three firefighters graduated from the Maui Fire Department’s 26-week recruit training program. Maui Fire Department’s training program, also includes 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, with the joint relationship taking advantage of cost saving measures which benefits both agencies.
Twenty-three firefighters will be joining the ranks of MFD and will be assigned to Maui County fire stations on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. They are: Justin Aubrey, Koa Bonnell, Jarron Boswell, Jordan Boswell, Jared Calvan, Carson Chihara, Nathan Fujimoto, Wangdu Hovey, Keoni Joyo, Nicholas Lawson, Marlon Lewis, Micah Mcdonald, Ryan Murakami, Kristian Nakamura, Christopher Pico, Dane Rogers, Kona Sarmiento, Carter Suzuki, John Van Scoy, Kai Warman, and Nathan Wood.
Two firefighters will go on to serve at State of Hawai`i, Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting stations in Kahului and Lanai. They are: Keoki Nakoa and Tasha Pagdilao.
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, David Thyne 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 – Dane Rogers
Presented to the recruit with the highest scholastic average on all written course examinations administered throughout the training program.
Functional Skills Award – Ryan Murakami
Presented to the recruit who demonstrated the highest competency in functional skills assessments throughout the training program.
Team Award – Carson Chihara & Tasha Pagdilao
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 – Kona Sarmiento
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 – Marlon Lewis
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 fitness performance.