Honolulu fire chief announces retirement

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20, that he will be retiring on Sunday, Feb. 28.

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Chief Neves joined the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) in 1979, became Fire Chief in 2013 and received high ratings from the Honolulu Fire Commission in 2015.

Below is a list of major accomplishments achieved by HFD during Chief Neves’ tenure:

  • Hired 493 new firefighters over the course of 16 Fire Fighter Recruit classes.
  • Purchased 94 new fire apparatuses — including 26 engines, six aerials, and various other vehicles.
  • Implemented the use of 16 Rapid Response Vehicles.
  • Implemented the Fire Fighter Recruit II program to recruit and hire individuals who already hold required fire service certifications.
  • Worked with the City Administration, the Honolulu City Council and community stakeholders to provide for improved residential high-rise safety following the devastating Marco Polo condominium fire in 2017.

Chief Neves said in his resignation letter, “The journey has been a wonderful and satisfying experience and I’m grateful and honored to have served as the HFD’s 34th fire chief.”

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