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The Honolulu Fire Department's (HFD) Rescue Squads provide specialized equipment, knowledge, skills, and abilities to support Fire Operations in these types of missions:

         Land and sea search and rescues

         High-angle rescues

         Confined space rescues

         Motor vehicle accident extrications

         Second alarm response to building fires

         Marine vessel fires and rescues


In 2004, the HFD received funding from the Office of Domestic Preparedness to purchase two new vehicles for the Rescue Squads.  The new HFD Rescue apparatuses are stationed at the Pawaa and Kalihi Kai fire stations.




  • Specifications:


    • Contractor:  SVI Trucks
    • Powerplant:  Detroit Diesel Series 60 14.0 liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder, 515 HP, DDEC Electronic Governor
    • Transmission:  Allison 4,000 EVSPR 6-speed automatic with electronic controls and output retarder
    • Brakes:  Pneumatic with Meritor Wabco 4 sensor antilock braking and air dryer system
    • Cab:  Aluminum tilt cab, long four door, 10 seats
    • Frame:  110,000 psi minimum yield high strength steel










  • Rescue 1 Boat:  22" Force
  • Rescue 2 Boat:  22" Radon
  • ArcAri Torch System
  • DeWalt Portable Sawzall
  • Holmatro extrication power tools and lift bags
  • Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus gear
  • Basic life support supplies
  • Rappell ropes and rigging


Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 02, 2013