Emergency Services Chief On Maui Resigns

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The head of the Maui Emergency Management Agency has resigned after facing criticism for not activating disaster sirens during last week’s deadly wildfires that killed at least 111 people.

The County of Maui announced Thursday on Facebook that Mayor Richard Bissen accepted the resignation of Herman Andaya, who cited unspecified health reasons for leaving his post.

Bissen said that “given the gravity of the crisis we are facing,” a replacement will be named as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, Andaya defended the decision not to sound sirens as flames raged.

Andaya said officials were afraid the sirens would have prompted people to flee toward the mountains or inland, or into the flames.