FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2006
MEADWESTVACO GIVES FIRE ENGINES TO FORESTRY COMMISSION
(Columbia, SC) -- Forest fire protection in the coastal plain is getting a boost, thanks to a gift from MeadWestvaco. In ceremonies today, the company presented two wildland fire engines to officials of the SC Forestry Commission.
The engines, equipped with 1000 gallon tanks, can negotiate rough roads not accessible to most conventional fire engines. Capable of spraying water or firefighting foam, the engines will provide emergency protection to homes threatened by wildfire.
According to MeadWestvaco Region Director Trenor Hypes, “We are pleased that these valuable units will be used to protect homes and property throughout our operational area.” Forestry Commission managers will station one engine in Walterboro and one in Kingstree.
Forestry Commission Director Bob Schowalter said the company has a long-standing tradition of firefighting cooperation and resource sharing. “This is another example of MeadWestvaco’s strong commitment to community wildfire protection,” he said.
Forestry Commission records show that wildfire burns about 40 homes every year in South Carolina. Firefighters expect that number to increase as homes continue to spring up in rural areas.
For more information, contact: Jennifer Howard, MeadWestvaco, 843-851-4610
Ken Cabe, SC Forestry Commission, 803-896-8820