Executive Command Staff

Our Team

We are pleased to service and protect our citizens with the upmost commitment and dedication to excellence. Our team is actively involved in efforts to prepare polices, developments, planning, training and equipment to strive to keep the highest professionalism.


Aubrey D. Jenkins

Fire Chief

Fire Chief, Chief Jenkins worked his way up through the ranks as a Firefighter from 1979 to 1984, a Relief Fire Equipment Operator from 1982 to 1984, Fire Equipment Operator from 1984 to 1988, Captain from 1988 to 1993, Battalion Chief from 1993 to 2005, and Deputy Chief from 2005 to 2011. He currently leads 570 employees, including 130 volunteer firefighters, located in 32 stations.


Jamie Helms

Assistant Chief of Professional Services

Chief Helms has been a member of the Columbia Fire Department for over 28 years and has served as an officer for 20 of those 28 years. His job experience with the Department ranges from the position of Firefighter to Assistant Chief. He encompasses the areas of staffing, volunteer services, recruitment, hiring, promotional processes, disciplinary actions, and all other human resource functions of the Department.



Assistant Chief of Administration

The Administration Division of the Columbia Fire Department encompasses many layers of responsibility. Two of the most impacting areas in which we work on a daily basis is product specification development, and purchasing and procurement. Currently, within the Columbia Fire Department’s Administration Division provides supplies and equipment for fire suppression, emergency medical response, haz-mat response, and technical rescue to all divisions.


George Adams

Assistant Chief Fire Marshal

Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal George N. Adams Jr.  is native of Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as Columbia Fire Marshal since March 2011. He has been a member of the Columbia Fire Department for 23 years.  Just prior to his appointment as Chief Fire Marshal, Chief Adams served as an Assistant Fire Marshal overseeing the plan review division and was appointed as quality of life inspector for the City Homeland Security Department.



Randy Wells

Assistant Chief Operations

Assistant Fire Chief Randy Wells lead the Operations Division management team. Chief Wells is a 23 year veteran of the Fire service. He started his career as a Firefighter Paramedic with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue. He is a 2010 Graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, he is one of 42 Fire Service Officers to hold accreditations as both a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer.



Michael Cothran

Division Chief of Administration

hief Cothran began as a volunteer firefighter in 1991 with the Columbia Fire Department. In 1998, he was promoted to Volunteer Captain and then District Chief in 1999. While a volunteer firefighter, Chief Cothran worked in the IT field for the USC School of Medicine, Richland School District One, and the USC College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. In 2006, Chief Cothran was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator and then was promoted to Division Chief of Administration.