It was the first day back for twenty-four Fire Science students in the FIRE 280 class at Honolulu Community College.  At 9:00 a.m. sharp they stood at attention receiving instructions from Fire instructor and retired federal fire chief, Richard Rhode.


Their morning was just getting starting.  At 9:30 a.m. officials from the Honolulu Fire Department, City & County of Honolulu, and the college gathered for a brief ceremony to acknowledge a recent fire truck and equipment donation from HFD. Students heard remarks from City & County of Honolulu Managing Director Roy Amemiya, HFD Fire Chief Manuel Neves, Dean of Transportation & Trades Keala Chock and Rhode.

The FIRE 280 (A and B) is for Firefighter 1 and 2 ProBoard certification. This course consists of academic and performance skills tested in written exams and practical skills. It provides HonCC’s version of Fire Service Recruit training that is performed by fire departments nationwide and in the islands. This is where the students learn the information and apply it in weekly two full-day labs for an entire semester.

The donated retired apparatus 178 last served the Honolulu community at the Mānoa Fire Station, Station 22. It then became a relief apparatus, and then used as a training apparatus at the HFD Training Center. It will now call Honolulu CC’s Airport Training Center home and will continue to service the greater community as a training tool for future fire fighters.

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