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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Mayor thanks Hawaii National Guard for five months of wildfire response

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Mayor Richard Bissen thanked the Hawaiʻi National Guard for five months of responding to the Maui Wildfire Disaster. 

 

“Hawaiʻi National Guard responded swiftly in the wake of the Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires, and members provided safety, reassurance and support during a devastating time for our Maui community,” Mayor Richard Bissen said. “We cannot thank these service members enough: Their professionalism and commitment to our islands are unparalleled.”

 

Hawaiʻi National Guard held a final formation and ceremony today at Lahaina Civic Center where promotions and recognitions were given to service members. Hawaiʻi National Guard completes its last request for assistance (RFA) for Maui on Dec. 31, 2023.

 

Hawaiʻi National Guard’s response to the Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires has included 38 RFAs, which were met with 1,005 service members. Also, three security-specific RFAs were met with 330 service members.

 

Service members were stationed at nine checkpoints that secure the Lahaina Wildfire Disaster Area. Security company Lauahi LLC / Kupale Technologies began security and access operations today, Dec. 28, 2023, at the checkpoints. 

 

The Lahaina Wildfire Disaster Area contains numerous safety hazards and is delineated by government-placed barriers, according to Mayor Bissen’s Third Emergency Proclamation Relating to Wildfires effective Aug. 15. Public entry into the disaster area is prohibited, with the exception of area residents with a vehicle pass or ID.

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