Keeping ‘em hydrated:

  • Hawaii Fire Department personnel work to extinguish a flare-up fire off Kuakini Highway in February. The Kailua-Kona Fire Station on Palani Road was the recipient of a commercial ice maker and filtered water dispenser that'll ensure personnel stay cool and hydrated thanks to a donor and $4,000 in contingency funds put forth by North Kona Councilman Holeka Inaba. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Kailua-Kona Fire Station on Palani Road was the recipient of a commercial ice machine and filtered water dispenser thanks to a donor and $4,000 in contingency funds put forth by North Kona Councilman Holeka Inaba, who blessed the equipment, as well as a recently donated amphibious vessel, during a ceremony Thursday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Laura Mallery-Sayre shows off the new commercial ice maker installed at the Kailua-Kona Fire Station prior to the equipment being blessed by North Kona Councilman Holeka Inaba. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Keeping cool and hydrated is always important — but more so if you’re a firefighter or rescuer working on the front line to save lives and property.