The department had severe flood damage, causing their building to be unusable.
“We lost our police department here and when I say we lost it, we lost communications and everything so we had to make a temporary relocation,” says Forest Acres Chief of Police Gene Sealy.
This temporary relocation is a mobile command unit that was donated by Belfor’s national disaster team, a property restoration company with emergency response divisions across the nation. This mobile command post allows the Forest Acres First Responders to continue operations until they can move back into their building.
“It has everything that we needed in it. We were able to put all of our electronics in it, we were able to put the military and civilian law enforcement together in one place with plenty of room, and work together,” says Sheriff Leon Lott.
The CEO of Belfor, Sheldon Yellen, came to Columbia to see how his company could help, and was impressed with how law enforcement agencies responded to the natural disaster.
“They were here serving the community. They were putting their personal lives on hold, and that was secondary to them. They were here for the citizens,” says Yellen.
Belfor donated another mobile command unit to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for free use. Both units included equipment worth more than two million dollars.