Giesea new fire battalion chief for ocean safety
Seven new fire captains named
The Maui News
Jeffrey Giesea, an 18-year veteran of the Maui Fire Department, has been promoted to battalion chief to head the Ocean Safety Bureau.
His previous assignment was as captain of Hazmat 10 in Kahului. He also served on fire companies in Hana, Kihei, Wailea, Kahului, Napili and Kaunakakai, as well as a Kahului rescue company and in the Health and Safety Bureau.
Giesea has been program director for the department’s Emergency Medical Responder and Hazardous Materials Response programs. He has been an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency medical responder, incident command system, fire ground survival/rapid intervention team and the Fire Instructor 1 training program.
Giesea is a member of the Maui Incident Management Team and has served on the department’s Strategic Plan and Best Practices committees, as well as the Budget Working Group.
He is a graduate of Foothill High School in California, and is a 1992 graduate of Texas Christian University. He also graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1994, and from Honolulu Community College in 2001.
Giesea and his partner, Brooke Gannon, live in Kahului with their two children.
His promotion took effect Aug. 16.
The department also announced the promotion of seven captains.
• Alma Aiwohi, who is assigned to a Wailea engine company. He joined the department in 1994.
• Vernon Patao, who is assigned to a Hoolehua, Molokai, engine company. He joined the department in 1994.
• Todd Teraoka, who is assigned to a Wailuku engine company. He joined the department in 2001.
• Jeffrey Watanabe, who is assigned to a Wailea engine company. He joined the department in 2001.
• Reza Azman, who is assigned to a Lahaina engine company. He joined the department in 2002.
• Timothy Herrick, who is assigned to a Lahaina ladder company. He joined the department in 2002.
• Ryan Otsubo, who is assigned to head the department’s Training Bureau. He joined the department in 2002.
The captains’ promotions took effect Sept. 1.