Columbia-Richland Fire Department Named a ‘Fire Safe South Carolina’ Community for Third Straight Year

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department has once again earned designation as a ‘Fire Safe South Carolina Community’ for its constant work to promote fire safety and education.

This is the third straight year that the department has received the honor from ‘Fire Safe South Carolina.’ CRFD officially received the award for the designation along with 104 other South Carolina fire departments at the annual state Fire-Rescue conference in Myrtle Beach on June 11.

“It makes me incredibly proud of this department to see us recognized with this honor for the third consecutive year,” said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, “As a fire department it is not only our daily mission to aid our citizens during fires and other emergencies but also to take action to prevent disasters from happening at all. Receiving this honor is a true testimony to how seriously our members take that mission.”

To earn the “Fire Safe South Carolina” designation, recognized fire departments had to complete courses to improve their data quality. They also had to train community partners to deliver in-home safety visits and further develop their skills through online National Fire Academy courses in risk reduction and assessment. In 2021, 366 new community partners were identified statewide, more than 1,000 fire service members were educated on risk reduction-related topics, and nearly 500,000 citizens were educated on fire and life safety topics by local fire departments.

“The enthusiasm for obtaining this designation continues to grow, and we remain encouraged by active participation,” Community Risk Reduction Chief Josh Fulbright said. “We congratulate the 105 designees and are excited to see a 30 percent increase from last year. We look forward to recognizing them with a formal award ceremony during the June Fire-Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach.”

Over the course of the past year CRFD fire prevention staff members completed 578 public education events. This included giving 23 presentations in fire safety education. They also completed 62 home fire safety surveys for citizens in the City of Columbia and Richland County and installed 157 free smoke alarms and 126 carbon monoxide alarms for citizens in need of those devices.

Launched in 2017, Fire Safe SC’s partners include the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association, the S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs, and the S.C. Fire Marshal Association.

Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins accepts recognition for CRFD as a 2022 Fire Safe South Carolina Community at the state Fire-Rescue conference.