Meet the Ocean Safety Team

Meet the Ocean Safety & Lifeguard Services Team

The Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division performs some of the most dramatic and intensive near shore rescues in the world. The watermen and water women who compose this team respond daily to emergencies on the beaches of Oʻahu, often partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Honolulu Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services personnel and other First Responders.

Ocean Safety Leadership

  • John Titchen

    Chief of Ocean Safety
    Chief John Kamalei Titchen leads the 272-member Ocean Safety Division and manages a $19.8M operating budget. He works closely with the City & County of Honolulu Administration, the City Council, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Hawaiʻi Government Employees Association, and his counterparts in the state's other three counties to ensure Oʻahu's Ocean Safety Officers have the latest in equipment, training, and procedures. An Oʻahu native, he has an undergraduate degree from the University of California and a law degree from the University of Hawaiʻi. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former contract lifeguard for the City.
  • Kevin Allen

    Assistant Chief for Operations
    Chief Kevin Allen is a 34-year veteran of the Ocean Safety Division, having worked his way up through the ranks from contract Water Safety Officer I, through Lieutenant, through District Captain to Assistant Chief for Operations. He directs all daily operations for the Division, with direct oversight of five operational districts, including eight jet ski rescue teams and a small boat program. He has decades of experience responding to hurricanes, tsunami, and other disasters on Oʻahu. He is an architect of several successful "surge staffing" safety plans for large crowds, high-profile beach and ocean events, and giant (and damaging) surf swells.
  • Vacant

    Assistant Chief for Support Services
    This position is currently vacant. The Assistant Chief for Support Services has direct oversight of the Training and Communications Units of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division, and manages all administrative functions of the Division.

District Captains

  • Vitor Marcal

    District Captain
    North Shore
    Captain Vitor Marcal leads all Ocean Safety operations in "country," or on the North Shore of Oʻahu. He manages more than 40 personnel, two jet ski teams, and all operations in some of the largest waves on the planet from Kaʻena Point around Kahuku Point to Kāneʻohe Bay.
  • Kelly Krohne

    District Captain
    Leeward Coast
    Captain Kelly Krohne leads all operations on the Leeward coast with direct supervision of more than 40 personnel and two rescue jet ski teams from Kaʻena Point around Barbers Point to the ʻEwa side of the Pearl Harbor entrance channel.
  • Charlie Oliveri

    District Captain
    Hanauma Bay
    Captain Charlie Oliveri leads the 22-member team dedicated to Ocean Safety at Hanauma Bay, one of the most beautiful, but busiest, places in the islands. This special district includes four towers with personnel who work exclusively in the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
  • Jimmy Barros

    District Captain
    South Shore
    Captain Jimmy Barros leads all South Shore operations, managing more than 60 personnel, two rescue teams, and an area of coastline that includes much of Māmala Bay (from Pearl Harbor to Diamond Head) and much of Maunalua Bay (from Diamond Head to halfway toward Koko Head).
  • J.R. Sloane

    District Captain
    Windward Oʻahu
    Captain J.R. Sloane leads all East side, or Windward coast operations, managing more than 40 personnel, two rescue teams, and the Oʻahu coastline from halfway between Koko Head and Diamond Head (much of Maunalua Bay) to the Mōkapu peninsula in Kāneʻohe.

Support Unit Captains

  • Kurt Lager

    Support Unit Captain
    Captain Kurt Lager leads the 10-member Communications Unit, which is located in the Joint Traffic Management Center (JTMC), which manages all 911 calls in the City & County of Honolulu. He is also qualified to drive Ocean Safety's 21' Whaler.
  • Kengy Gramberg

    Support Unit Captain
    Captain Kengy Gramberg leads a small training team that keeps the entire workforce of 250 Ocean Safety Officers current in the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures. He is an Oʻahu native and a qualified Rescue Operator.
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