Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Division is a managerial department charged with creating the framework within which the City of Columbia reduces vulnerability to hazards and copes with disasters. The Emergency Management Division coordinates the City of Columbia emergency management efforts in order to prepare, prevent, plan, respond and recover from all hazardous events. The Emergency Management Division is active in a variety of ways:
  • Respond to emergencies/disasters within the City of Columbia. 
  • Develop, maintain, and coordinate Emergency Management plans.
  • Conduct/attend all-hazards training and exercises.
  • Monitor emergency/disaster incidents.
  • Assist with on-scene command, control, and communication for emergencies/disasters.
  • Participate/Assist in the Incident Management Team.
  • Coordinate public information and assist with the dissemination of warnings.
  • Strengthen community education and preparedness.
  • Coordinate relief and recovery operations.

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The vision of the Office of Emergency management is to promote a safer, less vulnerable community with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

Asst Chief Chris Cummins

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Cummins began his career with Columbia Fire Dept. in February of 1990.  He has held the positions of Firefighter (4 years), Driver/Engineer (14 years), Captain (7 years) and Assistant Chief (3 years). He currently serves as the Deputy Chief over the Emergency Management Division. 

Chief Cummins served with the Army National Guard 1988 - 1994.  He is an EMT and charter Honor Guard member.  He received his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University in 2016. Deputy Chief Cummins is a member of the Emergency Managers Association of Tennessee and graduated from the National Emergency Management Basic Academy in 2018.