Coronavirus Guidance and Preparedness

With cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-n-CoV) now reported in the United States, individuals infected with this infectious disease may seek assistance from emergency response personnel as the coronavirus spreads.

The IAFF has developed a resource for responding to patients who may have been exposed to 2019-n-CoV. This resource provides basic information specifically about 2019-n-CoV, including signs and symptoms and standard precautions and protocols for response and exposure.


We encourage affiliates and their departments to review infectious exposure policies and procedures and assess their preparedness for responding to and caring for patients with possible symptoms.

This resource will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

HFFA Turns 57!

On January 27, 1963, a Charter of Affiliation from the International Association of Fire Fighters was granted to the newly-formed Uniformed Firefighters Association, Local No. 1463 of the Hawaiian Islands. The Charter recognized these 25 members as founders of  Local 1463. The union’s name would be changed to the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association the following year.

David T.K. Ho
Henry Onishi
Paul Horn
Arthur Meyer
Albert Lew Wang
Thomas Blondin
Leong Wah Chun
Joseph Kahiapo
Christian Ellis
Roland Char
Richard Miyashiro
Abraham Kuni
Ronald Yamada
Anthony Lopez
William Jones
Louis Kaimi
Walter Love
Mogul Crabbe
Lung Bung Lum
Abraham Akau
James Young
George Nobunaga
Benjamin Mendiola
Francis Peneku
Harold Hewett

It would be 10 years of advocating for fire fighter rights and benefits before HFFA would see its first contract. Pride and Perseverance!

In Memoriam

Former HFFA Secretary-Treasurer Gordon Tom

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RETIRED HONOLULU FIRE CAPTAIN GORDON TOM – The late Captain Tom passed away on January 13, 2020.  He was appointed to the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) on March 1, 1962, and served 31 years 8 months.  His last assignment was with Ladder 4, 2nd Platoon. Visitation will begin at 0815 hours on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 148A Makawao Street in Kailua (map).  Service begins at 0930 hours.

Brother Gordon Tom served HFFA Local 1463 and its members as an Executive Board Member for 28 years. He continued to serve as Secretary-Treasurer an additional 6 years after his retirement from HFD in December 1993.

  • Oahu Board Member: 1972 to 1979
  • Oahu Recorder: 1980 to 1981
  • Oahu Chairman: 1982 to 1985
  • Secretary-Treasurer: 1986 to 1999
  • Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus: Position established on April 1, 1999 upon his retirement from HFFA Local 1463. Designation recognized in the HFFA Constitution and Bylaws.

We are saddened to learn of his passing and send our sincere condolences and sympathy for his family.

Kokua for Kurt and Kapela Wong

We wish Kurt and Kapela Wong a safe journey to Seattle for Kapela’s treatment.
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Shift Substitution for FF1 Kurt Wong

Shift Exchange for Brother Kurt Wong will allow him to be with Kapela during her treatment. Contact any Captain at Station 24 to sign up.

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Kapela Wong GoFundMe

Any kokua is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to these Kauai members
on their promotions!

(L-R): Firefighter III Jacob Minei, Firefighter III Mathew Ballard, Fire Captain William “Butch” Keahiolalo, Firefighter III Kalehiamaikalani “Lehia” Pomroy, and Fire Captain Kilipaki Vaughan

Kauai Fire Department held a Promotional Pinning Ceremony at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall to recognize the following:
  • Kilipaki Vaughan and Butch Keahiolalo to the position of Fire Captain
  • Lehia Pomroy, Jacob Minei and Matt Ballard to the position of Fire Fighter III
HFFA congratulates these members on their recent promotion and wishes all more successes in their careers and future. Good job!

Message from IAFF 10th DVP Frank Lima

Sisters and Brothers of the IAFF 10th District,

Please take a moment to watch the IAFF 10th District 2019 Year in Review video. The video only captures a fraction of what your Locals, State Associations, the IAFF, and Team 10th have been able to accomplish this year. See action shots, handling business, camaraderie, mentoring and Team building in the 10th District. Every State is well represented, and no Locals get left behind.

With all that we have been able to accomplish, we want you to know that we understand there is a lot more work to do in 2020. Your 10th District Team will continue to keep our foot on the gas and ensure we fight hard and provide the best support and IAFF assistance for our members.

In Solidarity,

Vice President Lima and Team 10th Strong IAFF


The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA Local 1463) is an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), AFL-CIO.  Since 1963, HFFA Local 1463 has been the exclusive collective bargaining representative for all City, State and County fire fighters in Hawai‘i.  Its primary role is to negotiate and administer the collective bargaining agreement which governs the terms and conditions of fire fighter employment while handling grievances, and perform labor-related and legislative activities in the interest of its members.

The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 21st century. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents more than 313,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in more than 3,200 affiliates. IAFF members protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The IAFF is also one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington, DC. The IAFF Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, is among the top one-half of one percent of the nearly 6,000 federally registered PACs in the country.

It is an undeniable fact that among labor organizations, HFFA and its parent union, the IAFF, are second to none when it comes to membership representation. Whether at the bargaining table or in the legislative halls of Washington, D.C.; from the county council to the Fire Chief’s office; in the courts and throughout the 50th state, Hawai‘i‘s fire fighters are ably represented.

You can count on HFFA Local 1463 members to bravely protect lives and property knowing that their Union is looking out for them. Because when seconds count, saving a life is all that matters.

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SUNDAY, Feb 23: #HonoluluFF responded to a 930am incident in Waianae where a man drowned while snorkeling w/a friend. The 22yo was separated from his friend in the water & didn't return to shore. Firefighters located the man & pronounced dead at the scene

KALALAU: #KauaiFF Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 responded to a call of a 13yo boy from Kansas Sunday shortly after 8 AM, reportedly experiencing symptoms of dehydration throughout the night when camping at Napali Coast State Wilderness Park @thegardenisland

ANINI: At 430p, #KauaiFF, KFD lifeguards were notified of an unresponsive woman in waters near the boat ramp off Anini Beach Park. Bystanders brought her to shore where CPR was immediately administered by lifeguards; was taken to WilcoxMed for treatment

A brush fire that started on Kahoolawe on Saturday has burned more than 5,400 acres but #MauiFF are only able to monitor it from afar due to the unexplosive ordnance in the area used for military bombing practice for decades. Cause unknown

The search for missing 20yo Hanna Wanerskog, a visitor from Sweden who was swept into the ocean Friday at Waimea Bay, has been suspended. However, lifeguards will remain available as needed. #HonoluluFF, US Coast Guard & Ocean Safety responded to the call

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