Columbia Fire Department, City of Columbia and Richland County donate decommissioned fire engines to high school firefighter programs.
Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins in partnership with the City of Columbia and Richland County is proud to announce the donation of three fire engines to our local school districts as part of a career technical center program. Richland School District One (Lower Richland High School), Richland School District Two (Westwood High School), District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties (The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, CATS) each received a donated fire engine that has previously served in the Columbia Fire Department’s fleet before being retired from emergency service.
Chief Jenkins stated, “The Department is excited to be able to donate these apparatus which will be used to hone the student’s firefighting skills and learning experience by using real world fire equipment.”
These three Firefighter programs along with 35 similar programs throughout the state of South Carolina work to provide the skills and certifications necessary for students to pursue a career in the fire service upon graduation and turning 18 years of age.
The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, the South Carolina Fire Academy and the South Carolina Department of Education collaborated to develop these Firefighter programs for the state’s Career and Technology Centers and High Schools as resources for recruiting and training future firefighters for career and volunteer departments in South Carolina.