Six National Park Service fire crew deploys to Hawaii
The National Park of America announced today that 6 National Park Service Fire Crew members from American Samoa will mobilize on Thursday, August 17th, to respond to fires throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
In partnership with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the National Park of American Samoa trains staff and local villages in the skills required to fight fires at home and other areas of the United States.
To date, 106 deaths have been recorded by the Government of Hawaii, with over 2,000 displaced.
According to the statement released by the National Park, this crew had to complete rigorous training and pass a demanding written and physical test to become wildland firefighters.
Crew members include Ronald Amperosa, Letufia Ili, Ramsey Malia, Emmitt Sua-Kalio, Pentateuch Vaki, and Anthony Wyberski, who will depart Thursday evening from Pago Pago International Airport.
Local government agencies and businesses have wholeheartedly supported this effort by allowing some of their employees to be a part of the National Park Service fire crew and to be absent for this deployment for the next month.