VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
FROM THE CAPTAIN’S DESK
Welcome to the Discovery Harbour Volunteer Fire Department’s (DHVFD) web page. I hope you find this information helpful and useful.
The DHVFD, Vol. Co. 11-Charlie, consists of community-minded women and men that volunteer their time and efforts to make this a safer area in which to live. Their only compensation is the appreciation and respect of those they serve. On call, 24/7, they’ve responded to fires and incidents from Ocean View to Pahala, and beyond. One of 22 such units on the Big Island, they’re trained and equipped by the Hawaii County Fire Department and take direction from them. There is no upper age limit to be a Hawaii County Volunteer Firefighter, but certain minimum qualifications must be met. We also have a DHVFD Auxiliary that occasionally assists the firefighters in non-incident related activities.
For more information on becoming a Discovery Harbour Volunteer Firefighter or participating in the Auxiliary, please use the buttons located at the bottom of this page and we will contact you at our earliest opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get more information about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter?
Visit www.HVFCA.net to view the Hawaii Volunteer Fire Captain’s Assn. website, or call 808-961-8347 to speak with one of the Hawaii County Fire Department Volunteer Trainers in Hilo.
What do I do if I see a fire or smell smoke?
Call 911. Failure to do so may result in the delay of critical firefighting resources. The emergency dispatcher will request location information (address, nearest cross streets, and/or Mile Marker), so please have some location information that will get them close to the incident. If you detect a strong smell of smoke, you may wish to do a quick walk-around to locate the source before calling, as valuable firefighting resources will be dispatched to do that and sometimes it’s merely a hibachi or other cooking fire.
What types of fires are “legal”?
Obviously, BBQ’s and some “cooking fires” (ie. hibachis & imu’s) are allowed and commonplace in the County of Hawai’i, but the burning of weeds, brush, trash, and building materials (controlled burns) require a permit issued by the State Dept. of Health. Burning these materials without a permit potentially makes the violator subject to significant fines. If you observe someone burning any of these materials, please call 911. DO NOT approach the person(s) doing the burning.
Where can I report a potential fire hazard?
You may first wish to report certain situations within Discovery Harbour to the Discovery Harbour Office. There you may file a complaint for review and possible action by the Board. Additionally, the County Fire Prevention Bureau telephone is number is 808-961-8348. You might call them, describe the situation, and ask that they either investigate or provide additional resources to help you address your concerns.
Why do my smoke alarms keep beeping after I've changed the batteries?
Good question, and we get it a lot. We live in a very corrosive environment (salt air and VOG), and something in the alarm’s mechanism appears to be adversely impacted by that. Generally speaking, smoke alarms here seem to last between 3 and 5 years before they begin demonstrating some sort of problem. When this occurs, we’ve found it’s just easiest to just replace the unit(s).
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Tips from Your D.H. Fire Department
In this era of electronic gadgets it’s difficult to not overload house circuits, but a major cause of house fires in Hawai’i is electrical failure due to overloading. If possible, spread appliances and gadgets around the house, using sufficiently rated extension cords and/or surge protectors when necessary.
Keep open flames (candles, food warmers, etc.) and smoking materials (cigarettes, etc.) away from flammable objects.
Minimize the risk from brush fires by maintaining a 30’ defensible space (a fire buffer) around homes, garages, and other structures. This may be accomplished by using non-flammable ground level materials (gravel, concrete, etc.), keeping grass , shrubs , and trees well-trimmed, and watering vegetation to keep it green. Additional information on brush fire dangers and creating a defensible space may be obtained by contacting Denise Laitinen, Firewise Communities Hawaii Coordinator, at 808- 281-3497 or email her at Firewisehawaii@yahoo.com.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Discovery Harbour’s CERT
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CERT- STAGED SEARCH & RESCUE
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2017-08-18 CERT Stage and Rescue Flyer
A simple guide to the nine essential items to help you shelter-in place in the event of an emergency. Plan 9 Click on the”plan 9″ to view flyer
July 19, 2017
Recently the Discovery Harbour Community Association hosted C.E.R.T. ( Community Emergency Response Team) training. Classes were held all four Saturdays in June. As a result of this free training graduates became a part of local teams. The Discovery Harbour / Naalehu’ team welcomed five new members.
We were honored with the attendance of several guests. The president of DH association, Irene Eklund and board members, Doug Castro and Doug Flaherty along with Alan Stafford representative for Kau’ Chamber of Commerce and his wife Nancy Stafford.
Our guest shared words of support and appreciation for the C.E.R.T. program and the volunteers that form teams to do the greatest good for the greatest number when a disaster strikes our communities.
My hope is to see more communities develop their own teams and have the same support and participation that we have in Discovery Harbour.
Respectfully submitted by,