In what was a first for Columbia Richland Fire, the department recognized the work of its many volunteer members by holding a graduation ceremony on May 6, 2019.
More than 20 volunteer recruits were officially sworn into service with the department while their friends and family looked on. The ceremony drew close to 200 people to department headquarters.
Fire Chief Chris Pope, who is the fire services coordinator for Fairfield County, delivered the keynote address. Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins then officially badged each volunteer recruit. He also presented each new member with a department coin.
Here is the complete list of volunteer firefighters who were honored: