News and Updates

Keep up with the latest news from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.

Press Releases

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Today, the Community Outreach Response and Engagement (C.O.R.E.) team expanded its continuous homeless outreach efforts into the Pearl City and Waipahū communities. The team, comprised of Emergency Medical Technicians and Community Health Workers walked the streets, engaging a couple dozen homeless individuals. The C.O.R.E. team consisted of seven Community Health Workers and seven EMTs with […]
Today, Mayor Rick Blangiardi officially proclaimed May 15th-21st, National Emergency Medical Services Week in honor of the city’s 276 Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians. The city’s EMS professionals are responsible for administering emergency medical treatment to one-million residents and millions of visitors annually. In 2021, Honolulu EMS responded to more than 124,00 911 calls, delivering […]
Today, in front of his colleagues, fellow first responders, and his family, Paramedic Mitch Kam was honored for nearly three decades of saving lives and providing emergency medical treatment to our community. Kam, a father and a graduate of St. Louis High School, began his career with the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services in 1995. “Mitch […]
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Family posing with rescuers

Survivor Reunion Stories

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and Honolulu Ocean Safety have played a vital role in countless survivor stories throughout their rich histories. Read some of the heartwarming survivor stories that have been documented over the years.
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Media Coverage

Read some of the latest news stories published by our media partners.

National Telecommunications Week 2023: What to know before you need to call 911.

KHON interviews Ocean Safety dispatcher to learn how to be prepared when calling 911 for an ocean emergency.
Read the khon story

Iolani School Teacher Saves Life Of Elderly Choking Victim

Honolulu EMS talks to HNN about the importance of knowing life-saving measures and thanks the Good Samaritan for stepping in to help.
Read the hawaii news now story

Hawaii sees dramatic increase in fentanyl-related overdoses reported in September

The deadly drug fentanyl has surfaced in Honolulu. Hawaii News Now talks to EMS about what crews are seeing on the road.
Read the hawaii news now story

Preliminary Investigations Find Oxygen Connection Started Ambulance Fire 

Separate investigations conducted on the fire that erupted in an EMS ambulance in August 2022, found it sparked when the main oxygen link was connected to a portable oxygen tank. 
Read the Story on civil beat

HESD Director Gives Update On The EMS Ambulance Fire

Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director Jim Ireland gives an update on the tragic ambulance fire, that left a patient dead and an EMS paramedic critically injured. 
Read the update on the EMS ambulance fire

Scores of Ocean Rescues Made on Oʻahu’s South Shore During ‘Historic’ South Swell

Warnings about a “historic” south swell with waves approaching 20 feet and dangerous rip currents predictably did little to keep surfers out of the water Saturday, leaving Honolulu Ocean Safety personnel to handle the consequences.
Read About the historic swell

Ocean Safety Crews Report a Busy Day in Oʻahu’s Waters

Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguards made a number of rescues today around Oʻahu of people in the ocean who found themselves in trouble.
Read about the rescues

At 10, He’s Credited With Saving His Mom’s Life. All in a Day’s Work for This ‘Junior Paramedic’

Cody Agnell helped save his mom's life with his quick thinking and call to 911.
Read Cody's story

Videos

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KITV4 Rides With Honolulu EMS During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Highlighting Heroes

Honolulu Ocean Safety Keeping the South Shore Safe

Hawaiʻi News Now Follows EMS Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Honolulu EMS: Coronavirus Crusade

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