Hapuna lifeguards, EMS on the state chopping block

Hawaii County Lifeguard Ben Fisher patrols Hapuna Beach on an ATV donated by the Daniel R Sayre Memorial Foundation in 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

An EMS practitioner uses the mask adapter kit to get a proper fit for his N95 mask. (Courtesy Photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Some $6 million in state funding for lifeguards, emergency medical services and ambulances is on the chopping block, forcing Hawaii County to look for ways to cover expenses out of its own tight budget, which already had to be balanced by raising taxes on luxury homes.