Honolulu’s new city guard will help ‘save lives’
HI’I HEIGHTS, Hawaii — A city guard who will be stationed at a Honolulu hotel is a symbol of the new way the city is responding to the deadly outbreak.
The Honolulu Fire Department posted a photo of its new Honolulu guard, which was announced Friday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who said it will be available for use by Honolulu’s public health department.
The guard will be assigned to a hotel in the city’s downtown, a move that comes after the city announced the deployment of a team of six full-time uniformed police officers and two civilian employees from its Fire and Rescue Department.
Caldwell said that the guardsmen will be “on the front lines of the fight” and will be part of the “heart and soul of this city.”
He said the city will provide $5 million for the city to cover overtime and other expenses that are necessary for the guardsman.
He said that since the arrival of the Honolulu Fire Districts team last month, there has been an increase in calls to the city for health and safety.
“That has been part of our response plan, our emergency response,” Caldwell said.
It’s an investment in our communities that we have made to be a great place to live, to work, and to play,” Caldwell added.
A Honolulu man is dead after being found in a hotel room in Hawaii’s capital city, the state capital and other areas.
Authorities said the man died after being taken to a hospital with suspected Ebola infection.
The health department says he died on Sunday.