Get rid of your Christmas tree for a good cause

Get rid of your Christmas tree for a good cause

EVANS, GA (WFXG) - Columbia County Fire Rescue uses old Christmas trees to train new recruits. One fire chief says that tree donations are used to make sure that new firefighters can successfully put out fast burning flames.

"What we do is we used them as an opportunity in training our new recruits and our firefighters in live fire training conditions," Chief Brent Willis said.

For five years, the Columbia county fire and rescue has collected trees after Christmas, Willis said. He says it helps new fire fighters learn to put out flames. These training sessions could help them learn how to save lives.  

"The benefits of the Christmas trees, it gives you a changing fire condition for a short period of time which is a little bit safer than changing it in another way," Willis said.

These trees catch on fire very fast, and it burns out quickly, Willis said. This is one of the safest ways to create a fire that is similar to those they see out in the field.

"It gives us a safer alternative for showing and changing fire conditions and giving them the ability to attack that," said Willis.

You can take your tree to the fire station located at 518 Gibbs Rd. in Evans.

But if you can't make it to the fire department, the Columbia County Green Program is collecting trees at the Home Depot in Evans to make free mulch. You can drop your tree off there until Jan. 4, when they will chip the trees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you live in Richmond County, Augusta Solid Waste says they'll collect your tree from your yard as long as all decorations have been removed.

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