19 CRFD Members Earn Promotions in Early 2022

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department ushered in 2022 by promoting 19 members to new ranks of leadership. Since the beginning of the year, CRFD has promoted one new battalion chief as well as five new fire captains and seven new fire engineers. In addition to that five firefighters were promoted to the rank of senior firefighter and the department also appointed a new coordinator to oversee volunteer fire stations.

With their friends and family members looking on, each honoree officially received their new badge from Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins during a series of ceremonial pinnings at CRFD headquarters.

The department is proud to recognize the following members on their recent promotions and appointments:


Promoted to Senior Firefighter

Kevin McDonald                              Peyton Simien                          William Slicer

Brendan Spears                            Len Stokes Jr.

(From left: Senior Firefighter Brendan Spears & Senior Firefighter Len Stokes Jr. with CRFD Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins)

Promoted to Engineer

Thomas Bookman                        Javier Colon                             John Douglass

Spencer Heath                              Joshua McGee                       Jaered Shelton

Daniel Watson

(From left: Engineer Javier Colon & Engineer Spencer Heath with CRFD Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins)

Promoted to Fire Captain

Raymond Champagne                 David China                             Layne Dowey

William Marker                             Leroy Todd

(From top left: Fire Captain Raymond Champagne, Fire Captain Layne Dowey & Fire Captain Leroy Todd with CRFD Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins)

Promoted to Battalion Chief

Jason Herbert


Appointed to Volunteer Coordinator

Richard Wymer