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Powers, Duties, and Functions

The City Charter of the City and County of Honolulu (City) designates the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) as the fire protection agency for the City.  The HFD provides fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical, and hazardous materials response for the island of Oahu, an area of 604 square miles.  These duties are performed in a wide variety of terrain, which include steep mountain ranges, wildlands, and agricultural fields; structures, which include industrial complexes, business centers, government complexes, high-rise resorts, condominiums, and high-density urban residential dwellings; and the surrounding ocean.

The Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief manage the operation and administration of the HFD and are responsible for carrying out the following functions mandated by the City Charter:

  • Fire fighting and rescue work in order to save lives and property from fires and emergencies emanating from hazardous terrain, ocean rescues, and hazardous materials.

  • Training, equipping, maintaining, and supervising fire fighters and rescue personnel.

  • Monitoring building construction and occupancy standards for the purpose of fire prevention.

  • Providing educational programs related to fire prevention.

  • Performing other duties as may be required by law.


The HFD consists of uniformed and civilian personnel.  Personnel are organized into the following sections.  Click on the links below to view each section's activities.

 Administrative Services Bureau

 Fire Operations

 Planning and Development

 Support Services



Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 02, 2013