Charleston business donates $5000 to CFD training

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Charleston Fire Department's training programs got a $5,000 boost from a local business.

Solvay Charleston, a specialty chemical manufacturer located on a 100-acre site on King Street Extension, made the donation to CFD.

"Community partnerships, such as this, are critical for our success," said Charleston Fire Department Chief Karen Brack. "By working together we can ensure a rapid and successful response to an emergency. This donation will be utilized by our Training Division to promote firefighter preparedness which directly impacts our response capabilities."

"We are pleased to welcome Fire Chief Brack to Charleston and look forward to building our community emergency preparedness capacity under her leadership," said Solvay Plant Manager Charles Tuskan.

CFD and Solvay have been working together for years on emergency training drills. The company has also donated equipment to the fire department in the past.

"We have an important history of working together," Tuskan said of the relationship between his company and CFD. "However, we can always strengthen our emergency preparedness. Our commitment to community safety is a commitment to continuous improvement."

Solvay's Charleston site, acquired from Rhodia in 2011, produces chemical ingredients used in flame retardant, agricultural, industrial and water treatment applications.