Once a year, the entire HWMO team gathers together for an outreach event. Saturday, October 26th, 2013, was that day, which was Fire Prevention Week in Kona at the Wal-Mart parking lot. By showing up in full force, we were able to reach out to a great number and variety of visiting families, ranging from local to mainlanders to even those from Japan. We gave out a stack of "Ready, Set, Go" brochures, among other important fire safety guides; And, of course, the kids walked home with a collection of our Smokey goods. Some great events occurred throughout the day including a simulation put on by HFD firefighters demonstrating a live-action Jaws of Life "rescue," which kept the crowd on their toes. Afterwards, the annual Bucket Brigade Competition was held, featuring 16 teams of all ages and backgrounds. HWMO happened to be one of those teams, and we ended up landing a 5th place finish. Our team was as cohesive and fluid as ever, but we fell short to those who know how to put out fires best: HFD and their staff.
Banner photo: HWMO staff pose with Hawaii Fire Department chiefs.