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Fire chief to retire at year's end

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:06 p.m. HST, Nov 02, 2012

Honolulu Fire Chief Kenneth Silva has announced his retirement effective at the end of the year.

Silva, a 31-year veteran of the fire department, took over the reins of chief from Attilio Leonardi in January 2006.

He is the international director of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, a group comprised of fire chiefs from 10 western U.S. states. He is also chairman of the Hawaii State Fire Council.

As chief, Silva lobbied successfully for a city law barring all consumer fireworks, with the exception of standard "red" firecrackers, in September 2010. He has also supported a plan to merge the Department of Emergency Services with the fire department.

The Honolulu Fire Commission, which selected Silva, is tasked with choosing a successor.

The department consists of 1,090 uniformed and 61 non-uniformed personnel.

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