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HIRSC Scanner Interesting Facts

HIRSC Team would like to share some interesting facts we have learned over the last 2 years on items we hear on the scanner for Hawaii Island.

Here are some interesting facts that the HIRSC Team would like to share to our followers that moderating and also the administrative team has learned and heard since our start in 2017:


Fire Department Interesting Facts:

  • More structure and building fires are dispatched or reported between the hours of 4:30 pm to 6:00 am. Of this, the majority of the fires reported occurred between 8:00 pm to 5:30 am.

  • On average, there are 1-2 structure or building fires that happen on the Island of Hawaii in a month period.

  • More brush fires happen between the months of July to December.

  • Fire Department responds to more medical calls than fire, rescue, HAZ-MAT, or special service calls on a daily basis. According to our statistics, 60% of the calls are medical-related.

  • Fire Department responds to an average of 5 to 6 traffic accidents in a 24-hour period. Out of that average, 2-3 calls are considered major accidents (is which involving serious injury or damage and requiring transport to the hospital.)

  • For Fireworks response: New Year's is generally busier than the Fourth of July.

  • Fire Department responds to approximately 2,000+ calls in a month period

  • The Fire Department conducts on average 2 major search and rescue operations per month. Of which, more search and rescue events happen in East Hawaii than West Hawaii.

  • Based on our statistics, the 7 busiest fire stations on Hawaii Island are as follows: Central (Kinoole Street), Kailua, Pahoa, Kawailani, Keauhou, Waiakea, & Makalei.

Police Department Interesting Facts:

  • On average, approximately 10-13 motor vehicle accidents (MVA) are reported all over Hawaii Island in a 24 hour period. About 70% of the accidents reported are minor accidents (meaning no one was injured and requested for police assistance only).

  • More accidents occur between 4:30 am to 8:30 am and 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm time frames.

  • On average: the Police Department receives 3 calls for a report of a reckless driver in an 8-hour period (or 9 calls in a 24-hour period) in the busier districts.

  • On average, approximately 5-6 vehicles are reported stolen to police in a 7-day (1-week) period on Hawaii Island.

  • More auto thefts occur between the hours of 10:00 pm & 6:00 am.

  • On average, approximately 5-6 calls for abandoned vehicles in a one day period around the island.

  • More people are taken into custody not for a crime they committed but for an outstanding warrant.

  • In a one-month period, there was on average on the island, 1 missing person's report made every 5-6 days and 1 juvenile (children) missing person's report every 10 days.

  • On average, 9-10 dropped 911 calls that are received to Island's 911 center in a day period, the majority of the calls come from a cell phone. (Dropped 911 calls mean that it was accidental activation, pocket dial, etc. and no one answered to confirmed if it was emergency or not to clear the call from the calls for help.)

  • Hilo, Kona, & Puna districts are the busiest Police districts on Hawaii Island.

Interesting Facts between both Police and Fire:

  • Both Police and Fire Departments receive and respond to more calls during a full moon than any other time of the month.

  • 88% of the calls for help end up being something totally different from originally reported.

  • 5% of the calls both departments receive and respond to are false alarms or having good intentions and no emergency.

Grim Facts:

  • On average, there are 1-2 coroners report are taken on the island per day.

  • Police and Fire Department receive on average 1-2 calls per day for a person who is having suicidal ideations on the island.

  • Both Police and Fire Departments receive an average of 1-2 calls per day for a person who had overdosed.


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