Communities Adopt Columbia Fire Stations
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “We want to be a community based fire department,” says Aubrey Jenkins, Columbia Fire Chief. Monday, Columbia Fire Chief, Aubrey Jenkins, announced an effort to build stronger relationships between firefighters and the communities they serve. “I think it’s very important for the community to embrace this project,” says Jenkins. The program, ‘Adopt a Fire Station’ allows individuals to donate new or gently used items to fire stations in need. “Appliances, bedding, cosmetics as far as painting inside and outside, and type of furniture,” says Jenkins The Industrial Park station has already been renovated thanks to Home Depot and the community. “These guys give for us so we figure why not give to them,” says a Home Depot representative. It’s help the fire department needs but cannot afford. “Our personnel budget is probably about 80-85% of our budget so we’re left with very little to do any kind of other projects with a limited budget,” says Jenkisn. The Bear Creek Fire station in Blythewood will also be adopted, work will start on this project in just 3 days. “We’re giving them some new appliances going in there to paint, fix up some of the signage and do landscaping on their yard,” says a Home Depot representative. And it’s all for one reason. “It’s really all about giving back.” “Our reward is just giving back.” “This is not only a home for firefighters, but this is a place that serves them and provides a very unique and important service to the community,” says Jenkins.