The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) will conduct a media conference to discuss the morgue trailers purchased by the HFD last year with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds.

In the fall of 2020 during the initial phase of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) surge testing and cases, then Deputy Fire Chief Lionel Camara Jr. was the Incident Commander of the Honolulu Incident Management Team (HNL IMT) and leading the City and County of Honolulu agencies, as the entire state of Hawaii was trying to understand the virus and how to address COVID-19-related issues. The HNL IMT also prepared for worst case scenarios, which included the decision to purchase three trailers, outfitted and capable of being refrigerated, for the Department of the Medical Examiner (MED) should its facility become overwhelmed with mounting deaths.

Thankfully, the trailers were not utilized. Today, the HFD continues to work with the MED, along with state and county health care providers, as the statewide concern intensifies over the recent growing COVID-19 case numbers.

Who: Acting Fire Chief Lionel Camara Jr., HFD Dr. James Ireland, Director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD)
Ian Santee, Deputy Director, HESD
Charlotte Carter, Lead Investigator, MED
Dr. Thinh Nguyen, Medical Director, HFD

What: Purchase of morgue trailers intended for the MED

When: Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: HFD Headquarters Annex
1042 Young Street
Honolulu, Hawaii