Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins officially confirmed 16 new firefighters for the department as members of the 2020-02 CRFD Recruit Class graduated on the morning of March 5, 2021.
Each recruit was presented their badge at an outdoor ceremony held on the grounds of Benedict College. Commencement exercises were live streamed from the college for friends and family members of the recruits to enjoy. A small number of guests were also allowed to attend. Everyone who took part adhered to COVID-19 preventative guidelines.
“I applaud these 16 recruits on answering the call to serve their communities and our citizens across the City of Columbia and Richland County,” said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, “They are the second group of recruits to come through our fire academy at a time when COVID-19 continues to create challenges for the Midlands and our state. Receiving their badges today is a true testament to everything that they’ve had to overcome and I look forward to following their firefighting careers as they begin service here at CRFD.”
All members of class 20-02 will report to work beginning this Saturday March 6, 2021.
CRFD would like to congratulate the members of Recruit Class 2020-02.