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 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.

Brian O'Cain
Assistant Fire Chief Brian O'Cain
Assistant Fire Chief Brian O’Cain started as a volunteer firefighter with the Okeechobee City Fire Department in 2004. After graduating from Indian River State College in 2005, he became a full time Firefighter/ EMT with the Okeechobee City Fire Department. He made the transition to Columbia Fire & Rescue in the fall of 2006 where he maintained the position of Firefighter/EMT. In 2013, he received his Associates degree in Fire Science and advanced to a Driver Engineer. Then in 2014, he was promoted to a Fire Captain where he supervised firefighting, organized shift training, and directed incident management. He has acted as Assistant Fire Chief periodically since 2015 and fully moved into the position in 2020. His certifications include Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter, Swift Water Rescue Technician, and Shift Training Officer.