Prior to the start of our Waikiki Beach Walk project, we met with members of the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and Honolulu Police Department (HPD) to give them an overview of the upcoming project. At that meeting, it was mentioned that opportunities for the HFD and HPD to train in “real” buildings, where they can “kick-in the door” and not have to pay for it, rarely come along. So Outrigger decided to give both the HFD and HPD the opportunity to do just that — use the buildings we were preparing to demolish for training.
On Tuesday May 3, three companies of the Honolulu Fire Department used the OHANA Edgewater Lanais (OEL) to train their firefighters in the skills needed to save lives in life threatening situations. The Pawaa, Waikiki, and McCully Fire Stations, all which respond to emergencies in the Waikiki area, took turns using the OEL to practice knocking down doors, hosing down corridors and rooms, and rappelling from the top floors.
On Wednesday May 4,, and Thursday May 12, the HPD Specialized Services Division, which includes the SWAT team and the Canine Unit, used the old OHANA Reef Towers for training in order to maintain a high-level of proficiency in the skills needed to do their jobs. Their primary responsibility is to handle significantly dangerous situations such as hostage, sniper, and barricaded suspect incidents.
Both the Honolulu Fire Department and the Honolulu Police Department were grateful to Outrigger for the rare opportunity to use our buildings to train, and we were more than happy to host them. Our firefighters and police officers risk their lives everyday to keep us safe, and we were more than happy to do our part in being a good community partner.