Acting Fire Chief Jason Samala congratulated the Honolulu Fire Department’s (HFD) 112th Fire Fighter Recruit (FFR) Class that graduated today at 11 a.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center’s Legacy Ballroom.  The 112th FFR Class is comprised of the following 29 members:

Justin Akamine-Nakakura                         Richard Karasaki III

Kaiao Archer                                              Dustin Kilantang

Curtis Armstrong                                        Austin Kino

Jason Arnold                                              Brandon McBride

Kevin Carvalho                                           Braeden Nelson

Justin Casil                                                 Chadwick Peebles

Christian-Micah Casinas                            Anthony Rossi

Ken Edamura                                             Charles Spencer

Kaʻaha Eleneki                                           Chadwick Tam

Kuiokalani Fox                                           Paul-Spencer Tojo                 

Dale Gapusan                                            Nathan Utu

Trevor-James Horibata                              Brandon Weinerth

Scott Inouye                                               Cameron Yip

Tod Ishii                                                      RacesonYouth

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The 112th FFR Class commenced its training on November 15, 2021.  The success of the Recruit Training Program is due to the many instructors from the Training and Research Bureau, other HFD divisions and fire suppression forces, and third-party evaluators who provided a broad spectrum of fire service education and training.  The FFRs underwent 1,440 hours of rigorous instruction over 38 weeks.  All FFRs are now certified to the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Fire Fighter I and II, hazardous materials awareness, and operations levels; basic driving skills; and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The following four awards were presented at the graduation:

  • Superior Performance in Drills
  • Excellence in Scholastic Achievement
  • Most Inspirational FFR
  • Outstanding FFR

This was the first time the media was invited to attend the HFD graduation since the pandemic.  The event was also live-streamed and photos will be available on the HFD’s Facebook and Instagram pages.