Assistant Fire Chief
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) &
HFFA Member since 1989
I have been a member of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) from when I started with the State of Hawaii, Crash Fire Rescue unit in 1989. HFFA has been there for me my whole career. I was raised in a family of union leaders and realized long before 1989 the true value and hard work that has gone into creating this amazing organization that exists today. Uncle “Black” (Richard Perry), my dad, Francis Kennedy Jr., Aunty Sandy, along with many, many others, have dedicated their lives and have poured out their hearts and souls into what has become one of the most powerful unions in the State of Hawaii. I have had the opportunity to serve as an HFFA union representative for the airport fire fighters and the executive board and have witnessed the dedication and hard work first hand.
Besides salaries, the HFFA has ensured that fire fighters in the State, across the board, have all that’s required to do the job. Many fire fighters take for granted everything they actually have, not understanding or realizing the history of how it all happened. Uniforms and firefighting equipment, annual physicals, meals, holiday pay, and Rank for Rank, are just some of the benefits enjoyed today. The HFFA’s largest benefit to me though, is ensuring that members get what they deserve and that all are treated with respect and equality no matter what the situation is. There is a lot of comfort and confidence knowing that HFFA is always there and they will take care of the issues that arise. The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association will fight for ALL, not just some. Anyone that believes that being separate or divided is somehow beneficial, does not understand true unity.
Regardless of having a choice, the only choice is to make sure HFFA has the support and backing of 100% of the fire fighters in the State of Hawaii, this is where it’s true strength comes from. I’m asking all of you, if given a choice, to search your hearts and understand that we are always stronger together, unity is the root of any organization. Be strong, stay strong!
Mahalo and God Bless.