By Lee Mainaga, FSD Chief, MFD
The Maui Fire Department held its 30th Recruit Class Graduation on December 20th, 2013 at the King Kamehameha Ballroom. A combination of 14 Maui Fire Department Recruits and two State Airport Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) recruits completed six months of training.
The 16 recruits received their badges during a Badge Pinning Ceremony attended by family, friends and dignitaries. The recruits are currently assigned to various stations.
Award recipients were recognized for their achievements during training and are noted as follows: Outstanding Academics – Kristopher Stadler. Outstanding Skills – Jacob Souki. Outstanding Team – Kai McLaughlin and Jimi Caldeira. Outstanding Overall – Matthew Ramsey. Charles Iwata (Firefighter Spirit) Ho’ulii Award – Kawika Casco.
Click on the photo for an enlargement. Graduates of the 30th MFD Recruit Class are: Back Row (left to right): Kai McLaughlin, Brad Liu, *Michael Medoff, Brett Collett, Seth Herrick, Kawika Casco, Steven Graver, Kekupaa Naeole. Front Row (left to right): *Jimi Caldeira, Kristopher Stadler, Jason Sanchez, Jacob Souki, Christopher Stankis, Brian Ferrari, Matthew Ramsey, Casey Morisaki. (* indicates ARFF recruit)