Fire Suppression

The Suppression Division operates out of five strategically located fire stations throughout the City of Columbia. The Suppression Division is made up of:

 3 Assistant Fire Chiefs (Suppression), 18 Captains, 18 Driver/Engineers, and 45 Firefighters

Personnel are assigned to three 28-member shifts, working 24 hours on, 48 hours off within 28 day tours, allowing us to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Suppression Division of the Columbia Fire Department provides:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency medical services
  • Hazardous materials response and mitigation
  • Technical rescue operations
  • Pre-incident planning
  • Participation in community events to provide residents with fire and life safety information
  • Personnel training

Asst Chief Tony Scott
Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott
 Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott began his career with Columbia Fire Dept. in June of 1985.  He has held the positions of Firefighter (4 years), Driver/Engineer  (4 years), Captain (16 years), Shift Commander (4) years and his current position of Assistant Chief since 2013.  He is licensed as an Emergency Medical Responder.  Chief Scott graduated from Columbia Central High School.

Asst Chief Nick Brown
Assistant Fire Chief Nick Brown
Assistant Fire Chief Nick Brown joined Columbia Fire & Rescue in November of 2002 as a Firefighter/EMT.  He has held the positions of Firefighter (8 years) Driver/Engineer (4 years) Captain (4 years) and currently serves as Assistant Chief since 2018.  He is a graduate from Hampshire (1998) and has received his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University in 2015.  Certifications include EMT, Hazardous Material Specialist, Trench Rescue, Confined Space, and Rope Operations.

Asst Chief Garry Dyer
Assistant Fire Chief Garry Dyer
Assistant Fire Chief Garry Dyer graduated Hampshire High School in 1979.
He served in the United States Navy from 1980-1992 and achieved the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician, First Class ( E-6 ). Deployments include NAS Rota Spain, NAS Keflavik Iceland, NAS Bermuda, the USS Midway, and the USS Forrestal (Operation Desert Storm/Shield).

Dyer joined the Fire Service in 1993 and served as a firefighter for eight years (1993-2001). He advanced to the level of Captain in 2001 and served for 17 Years (2001-2018). He was promoted to Assistant Chief  in 2018. Accolades include Shift Training Officer, Swift Water Technician, Rope Operation Technician, Hazardous Material Technician, Emergency Medical Responder.