Hawai‘i County Fire Department Reports Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
Press Release from the Mayor's Office:
The Hawai‘i Fire Department reported on Wednesday that a Battalion Chief assigned to the 2nd Battalion headquartered at the Waikoloa Fire Station has tested positive for COVID-19. A total of five personnel are currently self-quarantined as a precaution; all are asymptomatic.
The Battalion Chief, who also remains asymptomatic, took the COVID-19 test on Saturday in
compliance with pre/post-travel requirements to O‘ahu; his work shift lasted from 8:00 a.m.
Sunday to 8:00 a.m. Monday. On Monday he received the positive test result and notified
The Fire Department disinfected the Battalion Chief’s work areas and vehicle, as well as the
entire Waikoloa Fire Station. Fire Chief Darren Rosario assured the community that emergency responses were not affected.
“All affected personnel will follow Department protocols and will receive two COVID-19 test
over the course of this week and next week. They must receive negative tests in order to return to work, following Department protocols,” Chief Rosario said.
The Department offered separate living quarters at designated rentals for quarantined Fire
personnel, but the staff chose to self-quarantine at home.
The Department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau provided care packages including masks, disinfecting products, and hand sanitizers for the affected personnel’s homes.
The Battalion Chief remains in isolation, monitored by the Department of Health.
All quarantined personnel will be provided any assistance they may require of the department.
Daily checks will be conducted by EMS Bureau personnel.
The Fire Department remains in direct consultation with Hawai‘i Island’s State Department of
“I am sincerely grateful for the responsible actions of our entire Big Island community towards keeping COVID-19 off of our Island,” Chief Rosario said.