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The fire suppression force, or Fire Operations, is under the direction of an Assistant Chief and is divided into three platoons.  A platoon is the complement of fire fighters on any given day.  The total number of companies in a platoon is 43 engines, 13 ladders or quints, 2 rescues, 2 hazardous materials, 2 towers, 1 fireboat, 5 tankers, 2 helicopters, and 1 helicopter tender.  Each platoon is divided into five battalions, each headed by a Battalion Chief (BC).  Each BC oversees approximately 12 companies.


Fire Operations accounts for the majority of the activity in the Honolulu Fire Department and is responsible for multimission, emergency response for the island of Oahu.  Fire Operations responds to emergencies, including, but not limited to, the following:


  • Building
  • Vehicle
  • Wildland
  • Dumpster/rubbish           
  • Marine vessel

Emergency Medical Calls    

  • Trauma
  • Mass casualty                              


Hazardous Materials Incidents                  
  • Chemical agents
  • Potential biological agents
  • Radioactive sources
  • Explosives
















Motor Vehicle Accidents    

  • Patient extrication and stabilization
  • Postcollision mitigation  



Natural Disasters               

  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • High wind
  • High surf
  • Earthquake                                        

*photo used by permission from The Honolulu Advertiser



Technical Rescues               
  • Mountain
  • Ocean 
  • Confined space                                 


For more information, see the Apparatuses and Equipment page.


Fire Operations also participates in the following nonemergency activities to enhance public safety and maintain response readiness:


  • Commercial and public school fire inspections
  • Prefire plans
  • Fire drills
  • Public demonstrations, displays, and lectures


Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 02, 2013