East Kapolei fire station hold grand opening celebration

Published On: Jan 16 2014 08:54:08 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 16 2014 08:56:45 PM HST
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -

Oahu's newest fire station held its grand opening celebration Thursday.  That's station 43 in East Kapolei that features a lot of firsts for Hawaii.

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It's already been in service for over a year, but officials blesses the station.  This is Oahu's first regional emergency depot, or RED.

"It means we're able to store emergency things here in this station to front forward in preparing of emergencies," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

There's a lot of room to store equipment and supplies.  There Honolulu Fire Department hopes to have more of these REDs located in areas throughout the island so crews can better react to emergencies in different parts of the island.

It's a big station -- one-story 23,400 square feet LEED silver certified.  It includes a workout area and gender-neutral dorms.

There's a lot of room outside for training including a four-story tower.

"And you say why so much space?" asked Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves.  "Hoses are 100 feet long.  I don't think you can train in a 25 foot area.  We have a tower that can do a lot.  We can simulate high-rise incidents and operations for high-rises."

Station 43 is built on two acres of land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.  It looks like a big station, but it is smack dab in the middle of a growing second city.


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