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Fire department to conduct wildland firefighting refresher training

By Staff | Apr 18, 2019

Maui Fire Department last week announced the promotion of Ocean Safety Officer Jeff Lombardi to the rank of lieutenant. Lt. Lombardi has nearly 17 years of service as an ocean safety officer at Tower 11 at D.T. Fleming Beach. He is married to wife Heather and has two children, Ryder and Reef. Lt. Lombardi is a 1995 graduate of Lahainaluna High School.

WAILUKU – On April 17-19 and 22-24, the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety will be conducting wildland firefighting refresher training in the Launiupoko and Central Maui areas.

This training will involve live fire, so residents may see or smell smoke and may see flames in the training areas.

The purpose of these exercises is to provide valuable “hands-on” refresher training for firefighting personnel prior to the upcoming brush fire season, and reduce the brush fire hazard in the neighboring communities by burning away fuel, thereby creating a “safety buffer” in the event of a brush fire in the upcoming months.

Specific locations and dates are as follows:

Central Maui at a roughly 20-acre plot about three miles east of the sugar mill on April 19, 23 and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Launiupoko at a roughly 20-acre plot north of Haniu Street and Punakea Loop along the Lahaina Pump Ditch 2 on April 17, 18 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety has carefully planned these exercises and will take all necessary precautions to ensure that these training fires do not spread beyond their intended boundaries and that their impact on neighboring communities is minimized.

Any nearby residents who are especially sensitive to smoke may benefit by keeping their windows closed, using air-conditioning and electing to stay inside during the training.