Partnership with Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Division Chief David Boozer is pleased and proud to announce that the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners and the Columbia County Fire Department have partnered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and has been designated as a "Communities for a Lifetime" community. This initiative is to make Florida a friendlier place to live for people of all ages, that they may be as independant for as long as possible and remain in their homes and in the communities they love.
The State of Florida has the highest percentage of elders of any state in the nation and our elder population will continue to increase, reaching numbers without precedent in the first part of the 21st century. We, as the Columbia County Fire Department, share the vision and responsibility to improve the lives of all citizens so they can prepare for and enjoy aging in place throughout their life. In following this vision, which mirrors our own Mission Statement, we realize the importance of maintaining ones security and independence and have identified a means for our agency to assist in providing this necessary need.
The Columbia County Fire Department was awarded a grant which will allow us to provide quarterly Fire Prevention meetings with our Senior Adults, providing education in the areas of smoke detectors, home safety and seasonal safety concerns. It will also allow for our agency to survey area senior's homes with regards to their current smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detectors, replacing those which are ten years or older with current and up to date devices. This service is available at no cost to any senior adult living within the Lake City/Columbia County area.
The Columbia County Fire Department is committed to establishing a progressive Fire Prevention Program specifically designed for our senior adults within Lake City and Columbia County. Together with the assist of the Department of Elder Affairs, we are working to make Columbia County a Community for a Lifetime.