Administrative Services Bureau

The Administrative Services Bureau provides administrative, personnel, logistic, and maintenance support for the Department.

About the Administrative Services Bureau

Duties include:

  • Providing executive assistance to the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief.
  • Providing administrative services for all personnel.
  • Developing, reviewing, and controlling the Department’s budget and procurement programs.
  • Serving as a liaison between other City departments, government agencies, and private organizations.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and procedures and organizational structure.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating programs for personnel management, capital improvements, building and equipment maintenance, and property inventory and supply management.

The Administrative Services Bureau is responsible for the Honolulu Fire Department’s operating budget and procurement-related programs, such as the Peer Support Program, the Drug and Alcohol Program, the Infectious Disease Program, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program. The Honolulu Fire Department’s Capital Improvement Program and Community Development Block Grant funds are also under the purview of this bureau.

The Administrative Services Bureau also oversees the operations of the Personnel Section, Budget and Procurement section, Mechanic Shop, the Occupational Safety and Health Office, the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Shop, and the Storeroom.

Mechanic Shop

The Mechanic Shop repairs and maintains the Honolulu Fire Department’s fleet of fire fighting apparatuses:  

  • 43 fire fighting pumpers
  • 6 aerial ladder trucks
  • 8 quints
  • 35 specialty apparatuses
  • 2 rescue apparatuses
  • 2 hazardous materials response vehicles
  • 7 tankers
  • 2 aerial tower apparatuses
  • 4 watercrafts
  • 102 auxiliary vehicles
  • 25 trailers
  • 15 auxiliary support equipment
  • 18 miscellaneous equipment
  • 1 ambulance

The Mechanic Shop also repairs and maintains over 30,000 pieces of fire fighting equipment and tools, from rescue power tools and fire hoses to hand lights. Other types of critical services provided by the Mechanic Shop include specialty design and fabrication of custom accessories for fire fighter equipment, apparatus and annual pump testing, aerial ladder testing, ground ladder testing for fire fighting apparatuses, and refueling at emergency scenes.

The Mechanic Shop also repairs and maintains the Honolulu Police Department’s heavy equipment vehicles (10,000 gross vehicle weight), which consist of one special weapons truck, two tactical trucks, one Emergency Management Command truck, one mobile Swat Command truck, one bomb truck, two heavy mobile communications trailers, two tractor trailer equipment trucks, and two flatbed trucks.

Occupational Safety and Health Office

The Occupational Safety and Health Office is responsible for safety and health programs. It is committed to providing Honolulu Fire Department personnel with a safe working environment by providing the highest standards of safety through education, minimizing hazards through engineering, and enforcing the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division’s and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s laws and standards in addition to following established Honolulu Fire Department policies and procedures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Office periodically reviews and revises policies, procedures, and programs to ensure the safety and health of Honolulu Fire Department personnel. It also establishes new safety and health programs to maintain compliance with applicable federal, state, and local safety laws to meet the growing needs of the Department.

Safety Committee meetings are conducted with union representatives to ensure the safety and health of Honolulu Fire Department personnel, establish new safety and health policies, and update programs to minimize employee exposure to hazardous conditions at emergencies and worksites. The Occupational Safety and Health Office also acts as the Department’s liaison on safety and health-based issues.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Shop

The Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Shop personnel inspect, repair, and maintain the Honolulu Fire Department’s emergency response personal safety equipment.  They conduct annual fit and flow testing of facemasks and respirator units; maintain and upkeep air compressors that are used to fill Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus cylinder bottles; test the air quality and condition of units and cylinders; conduct hydrostatic testing; and maintain the Honolulu Fire Department’s inventory of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment.

The Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Shop keeps current with new products, technologies, and national standards to ensure the Honolulu Fire Department is in compliance with applicable regulations, statutes, guidelines, and Departmental directives. Training and certifications are mandatory for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Shop personnel.


The Storeroom is the Department’s central warehouse where equipment and supplies are received, stored, and distributed. Several storekeepers staff the Storeroom. They plan and administer the entire inventory system. In addition to purchasing, record keeping, and warehousing, they ensure equipment and supplies are issued to suppression forces in a timely manner and that replacement equipment is available for emergencies.

Major purchases, such as turnouts, nozzles, and fire hoses, although distributed through the Storeroom, are made by Administrative Services Bureau and Fire Operations staff. The storekeepers purchase items such as station cleaning supplies, yard cleaning equipment, and bedding.

Storeroom personnel also coordinate the disposal of Department equipment, furniture, and other items.