CFD christens New Engine 9 with Community Push In

The latest firetruck to join the CFD fleet was officially ushered into service on Thursday May 9, 2019.

City, county and community leaders on hand to help push in the new Engine 9 on May 9th

Leaders with the City of Columbia, Richland County and area neighborhoods joined department staff pushing the NEW Engine 9 into its fire station home on Devine Street. Lights on the new engine were illuminated as the truck entered the bay.

CFD’s Third Shift crew on the engine then received the official diagram and certificate for the firetruck. Both were presented by Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah and Jennifer Suber of the Devine Street Association.


Richland County Councilwoman Allison Terracio also took part in the event.

Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah and Richland County Councilwoman Allison Terracio

The engine upgrade is part of the department’s continued commitment to equip our crews with new and modernized firefighting equipment. It will also help preserve CFD’s ISO Class 1 rating in the city. That in turn will mean continued positive news for area property owners when it comes to their insurance rates.

The roughly $600,000, KME model firetruck is likely to see a lot of work in the months ahead.

Last year Engine 9 handled more than 1,800 class for service. Combined with Ladder 9 (which also is at Station 9 on Devine Street) the two trucks ran more than 3,600 calls for service. Engine 9’s service territory includes Five Points, the USC campus, parts of Forest Acres and the Shandon neighborhood.