Parades Bring Hope & Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout the month of April 2020 the Columbia-Richland Fire Department took part in several parades to thank essential workers who continued to serve during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, CRFD firetrucks processed in one parade from Columbia City Hall to the city’s 9-1-1 Department on Friday April 17, 2020. The department was joined in that parade by our partners at the Columbia Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Richland County EMS and the Richland County Coroner’s Office. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin also took part.

One week later on April 24 another parade made its way from CRFD Headquarters to Prisma Health Richland & Prisma Health Baptist hospitals.

Staff at both facilities would line the sidewalks outside of their buildings as first responders gave a well-deserved ‘Thank You’ to those working on the front lines of the pandemic.