According to a report from The Times and Democrat, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Ernhardt, South Carolina for the new Rivers Bridge Fire Substation, which is expected to act as a prototype for other facilities.
In 2018, Bamberg County resident Ted Brandt donated the property used to build the substation. The county has since worked to secure a low-cost United States Department of Agriculture loan with the help of 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn and U.S. Senator Tim Scott to construct the new facility.
A socially distanced crowd gathered in the bay of the new fire station and heard Bamberg County Administrator Joey Preston, Al Jenkins, Scott’s regional director, Larry Haynes, and Clint Carter all speak. Also in attendance were Bamberg County Council members, Ehrhardt Police and Fire Chief Chad Dilling, and Bamberg County Fire Coordinator Paul Eubanks.
The county is currently working on plans to build a similar fire substation in the Holman’s Bridge area of Denmark on Charleston-Augusta Highway. A new pumper truck will be purchased in 2021 in accordance with the Bamberg County equipment-replacement plan.