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Kupuna go hands-on with fire safety

KALHEO — Fire safety is of utmost import at the Harry &Jeanette Weinberg Hale Kupuna Elderly Housing project in Kalaheo, said Mike Dandurand, a property manager with Mark Development.

“This is especially important for Hale Kupuna because it was built before the current safety codes were put in place,” Dandurand said. “There’re no sprinklers built in.”

Due to the unknown age of the fire extinguishers in the 27-unit project, Dandurand coordinated an exchange so each of the units, and the unit occupied by the live-in maintenance, have new, individual fire extinguishers.

The larger extinguishers located outside the residential units in the common area are checked annually and replaced as needed, Dandurand said.

He further coordinated a training session with the Kaua‘i Fire Department where, in addition to being presented the basics of fighting a blaze, instructors Mike Thompson and DJ Higashi spoke on basic fire safety, or what to do while waiting on the arrival of the firefighting team.

The presentation was further enhanced by residents being given the opportunity for hands-on firefighting with the use of the KFD training extinguishers and flame unit under the supervision of Thompson and Higashi, leaving residents who attended with a heightened level of assurance knowing that the KFD Kalaheo fire station is minutes away, and the confidence of knowing how to use their new tools.

Dandurand said that, in addition to the Harry &Jeanette Weinberg Hale Kupuna Heritage Homeelderly housing project in Kalaheo, Mark Development also does property managements for Pa‘anau Village, and Pa‘anau Village, Phase 2 in Koloa, the Lihu‘e Theater senior apartments, Lihu‘e Gardens, and Koa‘e Makana affordable rental housing in Koloa.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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