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Maui Fire Department announces two promotions

By Staff | Jun 9, 2011

WAILUKU — Maui Fire Department announced the promotion of two firefighters, Derrick Chai and Willie Barut, to the rank of captain.

Chai is a 20-year veteran who joined MFD in 1990 and began his career working for the Wailuku Fire Station. In 2004, he was promoted to Firefighter 3 and assigned to the Lahaina Fire Station.

His new job as fire captain began on June 1 at the Napili Fire Station. Along with his new duties, Chai is also program director for the Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Program and serves as vice president of the Maui County Fire Fighters Relief Association.

Barut is a 17-year veteran with MFD whose first assignment was at the Makawao Fire Station. After a decade working in Makawao, Barut was promoted to fire apparatus operator at the Napili station and then later at the Wailuku station.

His new career as a fire captain began on June 1 at the Kaunakakai Fire Station on Molokai.