Oahu emergency responders trained for disasters

4-15 EMERGENCY

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Monday’s deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon has some asking could a similar attack happen in Hawaii?

All law enforcement agencies here say no.

There’s no credible threat to our state. But it has sparked action at Honolulu’s Emergency Services Division.

“Whenever there is a tragedy, like the one today, it always is a chance to look at how we operate,” says Shayne Enright, EMS Spokesperson.

EMS has been a part of numerous large-scale events that have trained first responders to be better prepared for disasters.

“We have resources available to us, state of the art resources, they are able to detect poisons in the air chemical, radiological, biological brought out to these large events: The Hoolaulea, Pro Bowl, Honolulu Marathon,” says Enright.

Equipment they have at the ready… at all times. EMS also has a designated team in place to respond to disasters, along with stored supplies for treating mass casualties and triage.

“We do have a team that can be activated, a team of 30 on standby: EMT’s Paramedics, District Chiefs, Supervisors that have all been trained and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help the public in such a disaster,” she says.

This team was activated for the late Senator Daniel Inouye’s Memorial Service at Punchbowl, where President Obama and the First Lady were in attendance.

“I know that they really ramped it up with APEC they have a lot of new equipment, they are working a lot more closely with Homeland Security,” says Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Honolulu Police will be making more frequent checks of certain facilities and locations.

The State Department of Public Safety says large venues or activities will be scrutinized thoroughly.

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