Hawaiʻi Fire Department Staff

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Fire Chief, Darren J. Rosario

FIRE CHIEF:   Darren J. RosarioChief Rosario is a graduate of Hilo High School and received an Associates of Science in Fire Science from the Honolulu Community College and an Associate of Science in Mobile Intensive Care Technician from the Kapi‘olani Community College. He is also an Executive Fire Officer Graduate of the United States Fire Administration National Fire Academy of Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chief Rosario represents Hawai‘i County on the State Fire Council and is a member of the National Emergency Medical Technician Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Hawai‘i Fire Chiefs Association, and the Western Fire Chiefs Association.

Prior to joining the Hawai‘i Fire Department, Chief Rosario was a member of the United States Army-Hawai‘i National Guard, receiving an Honorable Discharge after 8 years of service.

Deputy Fire Chief, Lance Uchida

DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: Lance UchidaDeputy Chief Lance Uchida was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i and is a 1988 graduate of Hilo High School. Chief served in the US Army for four years and later joined the Hawai‘i Fire Department in 1994. He received an Associate of Science in Mobile Intensive Care Technician from the Kapi‘olani Community College in 1996.

Prior to his appointment to Deputy Fire Chief in 2018, Chief Uchida was the Battalion Chief of our EMS Bureau and then promoted to the Assistant Fire Chief of Support Services. Chief Uchida is married to his wife Kara and they have two children.