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Updates 8/17/2012 - Added Station 6 Hickam AFB and apparatus


The Federal Fire Department in Hawaii provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the Department of Defense installations on Oahu. FFD is often called upon to provide mutual aid assistance to various city, state, and county agencies, especially the Honolulu Fire Department.

FFD Fleet

The department consists of 14 stations, 28 apparatus, and 13 specialized response vehicles - and 242 personnel

Battalion Divisions

Headquarters Area of Responsibility
Sub Base Paramedics Pearl Harbor/Kaneohe
Pearl City/Manana Schofield/Wheeler
  Not In Service
MCBH Kaneohe MCBH Kaneohe
Wheeler Army Airfield Wheeler AAF

Fire Stations

Location Apparatus
Pearl Harbor Shipyard Engine 101, Hazmat 151, Truck 118, Truck 119
Pearl Harbor Sub-Base Engine 102, Medic 2, Medic 22
Tripler Army Medical Center Engine 103
Ford Island Engine 104
Pearl City-Manana Engine 105, Tanker 105
Hickam AFB Engine 106, Tanker 106, Medic 6
NCTAMS - East Pac Engine 107
MCBH - Kaneohe Engine 108, Pumper 108, Medic 8, Medic 88
NAVMAG - West Loch Engine 109
Helemano Engine 110
NAVMAG - Lualualei Engine 111
Barbers Point/Kalaeloa Station Closed
Wheeler Army Airfield Engine 114, Brush 114, Crash 121, Crash 122, Crash 123, Medic 14
Schofield Barracks Engine 115, Brush 115, Pumper 115, Tanker 115
Camp H.M. Smith Engine 116, HZMT 116

Radio Communications - Updated 8/17/2012

Most communications take place on the 400 MHz DOD Motorola P25 digital radio system.

Initial dispatch for Fire and EMS service is done on Talkgroup 1023. During the dispatch, companies are assigned to one of several tactical talkgroups which they switch to once they leave the station. This leaves the dispatch talkgroup open for other dispatches and routine traffic.City MEDICOM (MED 2)

For ambulance-to-hospital communications, military ambulances use MEDICOM (453.700 MHz) and identify themselves with their "Medic" unit number.

Radio Call Signs

FFD callsigns consist of the apparatus type and the company number (i.e. Engine 101). During multiple alarm incidents, tactical communications use the Incident Command System, similar to HFD.

Terminology / Radio Jargon

  • 1-Alarm Fire: Consists of 3 Engines, and one of the following: ladder, quint, rescue, or tower company, and a battalion chief.
  • 2-Alarm Fire: Called when smoke and flames are visible, or at the request of the on-scene battalion chief. Consists of two additional engines, and one of the following: ladder, quint, rescue, or tower company.
  • Available: Fire company has completed an assignment and is returning (usually to quarters)
  • At Scene, In Command: Fire company has arrived on scene and has initial command of an incident.
  • (Location) Command: Incident Commander (IC) in charge of a multiple-alarm incident. Any fire company can be an IC, but is transferred to a Battalion Chief or higher authority when they are on scene.
  • Move Up: Shifting of apparatus or personnel to areas where companies are committed to calls in order to maintain adequate fire protection coverage.
  • Patient Care Transfer: In medical incidents, the fire company transfers patient care when EMS arrives at scene.
  • Rehab: Rehabilitation Center. Used to rotate personnel at large-scale incidents
  • Special Call: Request for additional units to assist companies at scene of an incident. Special calls are not full-alarm responses.
  • Technical Rescue: Rescue alarms consist of an Engine, Rescue 1 or 2, Air 1 or 2, and Battalion Chief. Unless already committed to another alarm, stations with more than one company will have their Ladder, Quint, or Tower dispatched first.
  • Urgent Relocation: Shifting of apparatus or personnel to areas without fire protection coverage as quickly as possible. Used during large scale incidents (brush fires), and often requires the use of lights and siren.

Work Schedules

Each shift is 24 hours long, which start and end at 8:00 each morning.

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Webguy: David J. Cabatu, AH7E
Updated: 8.17.2012 at 12:17 p.m.