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Emergency calls represent only a small percentage of the work of a typical fire department. The number of residential and commercial fires has steadily decreased over the years due to a variety of factors including improvements in construction, a greater public awareness of the risk factors leading to fires and a significant reduction in smoking nationwide. Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Fire Department responds. Nearly 80% of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, technical rescues, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance. Firefighters also spend much of their time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses and rental housing, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.
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Yes, all personnel with Columbia Fire & Rescue can check your blood pressure for you.
No, city ordinance prohibits outside burning leaves within the city limits.
You may contact the Administrative Office at 931-560-1700 or stop by your nearest fire station between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm to obtain a permit. There is no charge to obtain a burn permit.
You need to contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry for a Debris Burn Permit Application. Call 877-350-2876 or visit the website.
To schedule a fire truck for a special event, contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
You may contact the Administrative Office at 931-560-1700 to request a copy of the report. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You will need the following to obtain a fire report:
There is no fee for copying reports, unless they are 10 pages or more.
We recommend you change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months. An easy way to remember is to change batteries when you reset your clock for daylight savings time.
No, there is no charge to get a burn permit.
Contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
To schedule a tour of a fire station, contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
Per Ordinance Number 3402 you will receive a bill from the City of Columbia at a rate of $45 per hour (1 hour minimum) per apparatus, $15 per hour (1 hour minimum) per person that was on the call and any materials used at cost.
The Insurance Service Office (ISO) conducts independent evaluations on fire departments throughout the United States. This evaluation reviews how the fire department receives and dispatches its fire alarms, where the department’s fire stations are located throughout the city, what equipment is carried on the department’s fire apparatus, the training received by the city’s fire personnel and the availability of water supply to conduct fire operations. Based on this grade, a public protection classification is determined for the city. These classifications range from 1 to 10. Class 1 denotes exemplary public protection and Class 10 denotes not meeting ISO minimum criteria. These classifications are used to establish appropriate insurance premiums for the city. Columbia Fire & Rescue is currently an ISO Class 1 Department.
To receive a fire department patch, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Columbia Fire & Rescue1000 S Garden StreetColumbia, TN 38401
Attn: Patch Request
Columbia Fire & Rescue does not give away or sell department t-shirts.
Fire personnel with Columbia Fire & Rescue work a 24-hour shift with no scheduled breaks and meals are not provided by the City. They must eat their lunch and dinner at the station. At times firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. So, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the fire trucks will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during this time.
Fire personnel do not have to be sitting in the fire station to be dispatched to a call. All units maintain constant radio contact with Fire Communications and the crew must always be together with their apparatus. Firefighters are always ready to respond to an emergency, regardless of their current location.
Columbia Fire & Rescue uses fire apparatus to block traffic lanes for the safety of emergency workers and patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize. Over 25 firefighters are killed or injured each year while working at incidents on streets and highways.