New Kapa’a fire engine quickly useful


KAPA’A – The new fire truck at the Kaua’i Kapa’a Fire Station was put into service even before being blessed last week, and has been found to be essential in controlling and finally putting out a fire in pesky brush in Anahola which started on Tuesday and wasn’t completely extinguished until Wednesday evening.

Official blessing services for the new truck and renovations to the Kapa’a Fire Station took place on Thursday, chaired by Pastor Matt Higa of New Hope Kaua’i, in front of representatives from Station 2, KFD , Kaua’i Fire Commission, Hawai’i Fire Fighters Association, Friends of Kaua’i Fire Service, Kaua’i County Council, Mayor’s Office and others.

“Mahalo to the Kaua’i Fire Department and KFD Apparatus Committee, for their work on the design of this truck and for bringing this essential tool to the safety and protection of Kaua’i and its people.” said Mayor Derek Kawakami.

The new truck 2, valued at $ 102,893 from the general fund, replaces the last truck at the Kapa’a fire station after reaching its 14-year lifespan. Work to bring the new equipment to Station 2 began in 2019 by the KFD Device Committee led by firefighter Nohili Vierra.

“This truck is designed for service here on Kaua’i and is equipped with special features, including surf racks, fire pump, water tank and hose reel,” said the head of KFD, Steven Goble. “We are fortunate to have Truck 2 for our island which serves as a critical security response platform for land and sea missions.”

The planned renovations that cost about $ 86,500 have been budgeted in the general fund, according to board chairman Arryl Kaneshiro.

“We were fortunate to have the mayor approve this work,” said Michael Contrades, representing US Representative Kai Kahele. “The work was already underway, and one thing led to another. We ended up buying the equipment we needed and were lucky the firefighters took care of a lot of the sweat including the paint. “

Planned renovations to the station were already underway. While on site, the flooring contractor indicated that the tiling in the flooring needed to be inspected. The inspection confirmed the presence of asbestos in the samples taken from the tiles and putty.

After the reduction was completed, renovations continued with firefighters doing much of the sweat equity, including moving equipment, furniture and items out of the station to continue. renovation work, prep and painting of station walls, ceilings and shelves, installation of new kitchen cabinets, refurbishment of the stainless steel kitchen sink and installation of a new counter offered by one of the firefighters. KFD estimates that the sweat equity achieved by firefighters saved the county $ 25,000.

Asbestos testing ($ 3,300), asbestos removal ($ 10,000) and installation of flooring ($ 11,000) accounted for the largest portion of the cost of the renovation. An additional $ 60,000 was spent on paving the driveway and parking lot, new kitchen cabinets and accessories ($ 1,400), and paint and supplies ($ 800).


Dennis fujimoto, editor and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or [email protected]

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