CFD Welcomes 12 New Firefighters into Department
Jul 31, 2019

Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins officially confirmed 12 new firefighters for the department as members of the 2019-01 CFD Recruit Class graduated on July 25, 2019. 


Each recruit was badged by Chief Jenkins at a ceremony held inside the Denny Auditorium on the campus of the South Carolina Fire Academy while their friends and loved ones looked on.

All members of class 19-01 will reported to work  Saturday, July 27, 2019.


The department would like to congratulate the members of Recruit Class 2019-01


Joshua Barfield


Matthew Birnie


Christopher Chewning


Ryan Espling


Alexander Fant


Ryan Hall


Cameron Ingram


Cameron Jones


Kevin McDonald


Kevin Page


Peyton Simien


William Slicer


The department also presented several awards during the ceremony including the Maltese Cross Award and the Bryan P. Roberts Award. Recruit Cameron Ingram received the Maltese Cross while Recruit Christopher Chewning received the Bryan P. Roberts Award.


Maltese Cross Award

The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his or her life.... just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he or she works in courage, pride, and honor.

Columbia-Richland Fire Rescue established this award to be presented to the top recruit as voted on by the class and instructors.

Brian P. Roberts Award

In 2007, Bryan was hired to be part of the CFD Recruit Class 07-01. Unfortunately, Bryan passed away while at home, prior to the completion of recruit school. His fellow classmates dedicated the remaining portion of the recruit program to his honor. In Bryan’s honor and memory, the Columbia Fire Department set-up the Bryan P. Roberts Award in 2007. This award is to be presented to the recruit that has maintained the highest grade point average in each recruit school.