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Under the direction of an Assistant Chief, Support Services manages and coordinates the Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) and the Training and Research Bureau (TRB).




The FPB's mission is to effectively promote fire and life safety programs that assist the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) in mitigating loss of life and property and damage to the environment.


Hawaii State law and the Charter of the City and County of Honolulu (City) assign the following responsibilities to the Fire Chief:

  • Review and adoption of the fire code
  • Conduct fire code compliance inspections
  • Investigation of fires to determine origin and cause
  • Review of building construction fire plans
  • Provide fire safety education to the community

The Fire Chief fulfills these responsibilities through the efforts of the FPB, which is organized functionally into the following sections:  Administrative and Technical Support Services; Codes Enforcement; Fire Investigations; Fire Safety, Education, Public Information, and Community Relations; and Plans Checking.




The TRB is located at the Charles H. Thurston Training Center and assists with planning, coordinating, and evaluating the HFD's training activities.  To fulfill the Department's mission statement, quality, dynamic, and essential training is provided for personnel through various training programs.  These programs ensure that responses to incidents, emergencies, and public assistance are performed in a safe, efficient, friendly, and professional manner.


The TRB conducts new and continuous research and testing on the latest technology and techniques in the areas of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, hazardous materials, fire fighting, water safety, driver training, apparatus operation, emergency medical response, etc. to assist personnel in accomplishing the Department's mission.  The TRB also coordinates cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and other safety courses for City employees and the public.


To ensure that the performance level of personnel is constantly upgraded, classes to familiarize fire fighters with the latest technology are held regularly.  Fire fighters must be able to perform mentally and physically under adverse situations.  The TRB addresses these demands to ensure that fires and emergencies are met with speed, efficiency, and professionalism.



Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 02, 2013