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CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU AND THE U.S. NAVY RENEW
MUTUAL AID FIRE FIGHTING AGREEMENT

Mayor and Rear Admiral Signed a New Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement to Reinforce Strong Relationship Between Fire Departments

 

City and County of Honolulu and U.S. Navy, Navy Region Hawaii representatives signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that defines and outlines the responsibilities in mutual aid fire fighting, emergency services, and hazardous materials incident responses between the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and the Federal Fire Department (FFD).  The MOU renews the existing agreement and incorporates changes made in each department’s jurisdiction.

 

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and Navy Region Hawaii Commander Rear Admiral Frank Ponds signed the agreement on May 16, 2012 in the Mayor’s Office.

 

“This agreement enhances our collective ability to respond to emergencies that affect both our communities.  It is a giant step in meeting our common goals, protecting the members of our communities, and increasing the safety of our responders.  It increases effectiveness and improves efficiencies,” said Rear Admiral Ponds.

 

 “The military is a vital part of our community and one of the most important pillars of our economy.  We owe our freedom and liberty to their service and know that they will be there for us if we ever need help.  We consider it a privilege to serve them if they ever need our assistance,” said Mayor Carlisle.

 

Under the MOU, each department will decide if it can send equipment and personnel to assist the other department at an emergency and retain authority and command over their resources.  Each Fire Chief will be allowed to seek reimbursement for fire fighting costs above normal operating costs while delivering services under the agreement.

 

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CONTACT:  Fire Captain Terry Seelig, Public Information Officer, 808-723-7117

 

REAR ADMIRAL PONDS AND MAYOR CARLISLE SIGN FIRE FIGHTING AGREEMENT