MEDIA ADVISORY: FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AWARDS THE HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT AN ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) will hold a news conference with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Regional Administrator, Robert Fenton; City and County of Honolulu Mayor, Rick Blangiardi; and Acting Fire Chief Lionel Camara Jr. to officially announce the award of a 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for its Wellness Screening Program.

The purpose of the grant is to provide fire fighters with resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and the fire fighters against fire and fire-related hazards. The HFD was awarded the $454,363 grant, which will provide health screenings for early detection of fire fighter occupational diseases, such as cancer, cardiac arrest, and behavioral disorders through laboratory analysis, patient history, and a detailed physical examination.

Who: Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Chief Camara Jr., and Mr. Fenton

What: Ceremonial award presentation from the FEMA to the HFD

When: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 11:15 a.m.

Where: HFD Hale Kinai Ahi Auditorium
636 South Street
Honolulu, Hawaii

Anyone attending the news conference must follow the HFD’s safety protocols:
a. Temperatures will be taken before entering the auditorium.
b. Masks must be worn at all times, except when speakers are speaking.
c. Make sure to practice social distancing; at least six feet apart.
d. Do not share any items, such as equipment, pens, paper, etc.

Contact: Louise Kim McCoy, louise.mccoy@honolulu.gov or 723-7117