Federal Fire Department Hawaii personnel honored for heroism

Firefighter Calvin Pascua (fourth from left) and Fire Engineer Chris Wamberg (fifth from left), personnel assigned to Federal Fire Department (FFD) Hawaii, were honored at a ceremony May 11 for their heroic actions. They saved a man from a burning home in Wahiawa on Dec. 22, 2010. Left to right are: FFD Hawaii Deputy Chief of Operations Glenn Kaauwai, FFD Hawaii Deputy Fire Chief Gayland Enriques, Elizabeth Ho, chairperson of Honolulu Fire Commission, Pascua, Wamberg, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Michael Sakata from City Councilmember Ernest Martin's office, and Honolulu Fire Department Fire Chief Kenneth Silva. Photo courtesy of Honolulu Fire Department

Firefighter Calvin Pascua (fourth from left) and Fire Engineer Chris Wamberg (fifth from left), personnel assigned to Federal Fire Department (FFD) Hawaii, were honored at a ceremony May 11 for their heroic actions. They saved a man from a burning home in Wahiawa on Dec. 22, 2010. Left to right are: FFD Hawaii Deputy Chief of Operations Glenn Kaauwai, FFD Hawaii Deputy Fire Chief Gayland Enriques, Elizabeth Ho, chairperson of Honolulu Fire Commission, Pascua, Wamberg, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Michael Sakata from City Councilmember Ernest Martin's office, and Honolulu Fire Department Fire Chief Kenneth Silva. Photo courtesy of Honolulu Fire Department

MC2 Robert Stirrup

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) honored two personnel from Federal Fire Department (FFD) Hawaii during a ceremony May 11 at the HFD auditorium in Honolulu.

Fire Engineer Chris Wamberg and Firefighter Calvin Pascua, while off-duty, responded to a structure fire in Wahiawa, Hawaii and helped save the life of the occupant inside.

On Dec. 22, 2010, Wamberg and Pascua were driving on California Avenue when they noticed smoke coming from a single family dwelling and a crowd of people gathering by the property.

“When we first got to the property, the scene was very chaotic and you could see the fire and smoke starting to accumulate,” Wamberg said. “I asked a lady if there was anyone inside and she stated that there wasn’t, but it turned out that there was an elderly gentleman inside the house showering and he wasn’t aware that the house was on fire. Luckily, Calvin was on the side of the building where people were more aware of the situation inside so that he could help get the guy out of there,” he explained.

“Once we got the front door open, I proceeded inside with a garden hose and reached the living room where I saw the source of the fire,” Pascua said. “After we were able to put the fire out, HFD searched the house and found the man inside the bathroom and brought him to safety.”

HFD arrived approximately three minutes after Wamberg and Pascua engaged the fire and eventually extinguished the flames completely.

FFD Hawaii Deputy Fire Chief Gayland Enriquez noted the importance of Wamberg and Pascua’s quick actions.

“With their experience and training to what they were called to do, they both put their lives in harm’s way to save a life, even while off-duty and without the proper personal protective equipment,” Enriquez said.

Wamberg and Pascua said that they felt honored to be recognized by the mayor and HFD.

“I didn’t really expect to receive this much attention for this, but it felt great to be recognized for our actions,” Wamberg said.

“Being recognized by the mayor and HFD felt good, but this was just a reactionary measure from what we are trained to do, and we were just in the right place at the right time to be able to help,” Pascua said.

Wamberg is assigned to West Loch Fire Station 9 and Pascua is assigned to Pearl City Manana Station 5.

FFD Hawaii is one of only three Navy fire departments and one of 16 Department of Defense fire departments that have received accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

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