By Chief Lee Mainaga, Fire Services Division
Chief Jeffrey Murray of the Maui Fire Department proudly announces the promotions of four Fire Fighters; two Firefighter III’s to Captains and two Firefighters to FF III’s.
The honorees are as follows:
- Captain Rylan Yatsushiro – promoted from FFIII to Captain. Captain Yatsushiro has served 12 ½ years in the Department. His career started in 2002 at Engine 7 in Hana for about six months before transferring to Engine 5 in Makawao. He spent eight years at Engine 5 before being promoted to a Firefighter III in 2011. As a Firefighter III, he was assigned to the Training Bureau as a Recruit Trainer and a Driver on Engine 14 in Wailea. Assigned to Captain of the Training Bureau.
- Greg Jenkins joined the Maui Fire Department on April 1, 1996 and was promoted to the rank of Captain on September 16, 2014. After recruit class in 1996, Captain Jenkins was first assigned as a Firefighter to Moloka‘i at the Ho‘olehua Fire Station on Engine 9, B Watch. At various ranks throughout his career, Captain Jenkins has also worked at the Kaunakakai and Puko‘o Fire Stations on Moloka‘i; as well as on Maui, at the Napili Fire Station and in the Hazardous Materials/Training Bureau. In 2005, Captain Jenkins was promoted to Firefighter 3-Driver. With his recent promotion, Captain Jenkins will now be stationed back at the location of his original Firefighter assignment at the Ho‘olehua Fire Station on Engine 9, B Watch. Captain Jenkins and his family have lived on Moloka‘i for the past eighteen years.
- FF III Jorgen Busby, a Molokai native, joined the Department on May 3, 1999 and has been stationed there at the Ho’olehua Fire Station (Engine 9, C Watch) for all of his 15 years as a firefighter. Jorgen looks forward to his new assignment as Firefighter III, at the Kaunakakai Fire Station (Engine 4, A Watch).
- Peter Gand, promoted to the rank of FF III, was hired on April 1, 2005, as part of the 23rd Maui Fire Department Recruit Class. After a short stint of two months at the Hoolehua Fire Station, he transferred to Napili (Station 11) for two years. From Napili, FF III Gand moved to the Lahaina Fire Station where he spent the last seven years before being promoted.
Captains Yatsushiro and Jenkins’ promotions took effect on September 16, 2014. FF III’s Busby and Gand’s promotions will be effective on October 1.