From the Desk of Fire Chief Chris Smith,
The West Columbia Fire Department is a career, urban fire department that is ready to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day and has an ISO rating of 1, the highest obtainable rating. The department provides fire protection to the City’s approximately 18,500 citizens in its 8.9 square miles. Our department takes pride in serving the citizens and visitors of the City of West Columbia. Personnel also takes pride in themselves and their equipment. You will see the fire department personnel at the station and throughout the City, conducting training exercises to improve skills and preparing pre-fire plans in preparation for an emergency.
The mission of the West Columbia Fire Department is to meet the needs of citizens and visitors in the community with a courageous and prepared team of professionals for prompt assistance to save lives, protect property, and improve quality of life through education, prevention, and emergency response.
With a city district that includes residential and commercial occupancies, four main corridors that feed into Columbia, the beautiful Lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers, and a portion of both Interstates 26 and 20, the West Columbia Fire Department is prepared to provide fire protection, operation-technician level rescue service, emergency first responder medical care, and swift water rescue response.