Department Leaders Shine at Annual Conference for SC State Association of Fire Chiefs

Over the course of three days, heads of the Columbia-Richland Fire Department were highlighted during the 75th Annual Leadership Conference of the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs.

The 2019 conference brought leaders in the fire service from all corners of the Palmetto State to Myrtle Beach.

Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins earned a higher office in the association as he was named its new 1st Vice President at a closing awards banquet on Saturday evening September 28.

The members of the state association of fire chiefs work to provide both volunteer and career fire service managers with information and educational services and representation to grow in their professions.

“I am truly honored beyond words to be named to this position by my peers working as leaders in the fire service,” Jenkins said, “Not only do we all share a common desire to serve our communities but also a willingness to improve our talents and better motivate the many firefighters serving under us.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at the association over the next year as we continue our collective mission of guiding current and future leaders working in the SC fire service,” Jenkins added.

Fire Chief Jenkins recent advancement in the association came after he served as 2nd Vice President of the organization beginning in 2018.

Members of the Columbia-Richland Fire Department would also have a role promoting education during the annual conference.

Battalion Chief David Laird and Battalion Chief Philip Yarchuk led a 2-day Battalion Chief Academy focused on strategies and tactics for firefighters working in command roles.