County of Maui Press Release
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – The Maui Fire Department announced the promotion of two fire fighters to the rank of Captain this month.
Willie Barut is a 17-year veteran with MFD whose first assignment was at the Makawao Fire Station. After a decade working in Makawao, Barut was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator first at the Napili station and then later on at the Wailuku station.
His new career as a Fire Captain began on June 1 at the Kaunakakai Fire Station on Molokai. He and his wife Rhonda live in Makawao with their son Stephen.
Also promoted was Derrick Chai, a 20-year veteran who joined MFD in 1990 and began his career working for the Wailuku Fire Station. In 2004 he was promoted to Firefighter 3 and assigned to the Lahaina Fire Station. His new job as Fire Captain begins on June 1st at the Napili Fire Station. Along with his new duties, Chai is also program director for the Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Program and serves as Vice President of the Maui County Fire Fighters Relief Association. He and his wife Michelle live in Wailuku and have two children, Taytum and Caleb.