Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Prepared and Help Others. Within the Administration Division we work daily to follow this creed. By doing so we support all the members of the department in their efforts to keep those who live, work, and visit our great City and County safe from the hazards ever present, educated on the aspects of fire and life safety, and knowledgeable of the resources at their disposal within the Columbia Fire Department.
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. This entire process starts at the research level and culminates in the development of a complete budget assembly process for apparatus and initiatives for the entire department. 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 31 engine companies, 5 ladder companies, 5 rescue company, 4 Haz-mat company, 5 battalions, and all divisions. This support enables the department to respond and mitigate all emergencies effectively. Logistics is also responsible for maintaining and supplying 601 employees with uniforms, protective clothing, supplies, and materials, such as helmets, gloves, boots, turnout coats and pants.
We in the Administration division work daily to fulfill the needs of the Fire Chief , the Professional Services Division and the Operations Division, we continue to help make the City of Columbia and Richland County a safe place to work, live and visit.
Mickey Folsom, Assistant Chief of Administration and Community
Assistant Chief of Administration is a position that develops and conduct s administrative oversight and an annual review of all personnel policies, product research, and vendor management. May supervise and assist personnel in aspects of emergency scene activities to include safety, accountability, and welfare. Serves as administrative liaison to Columbia Fire Department’s partners; keeping abreast of administrative strategy implementation and the challenges encountered during day-to-day operations.
Alpod Williams, Chief of Logistics
Comes to the department following a long military career in Logistical support. He joined the department in October of 2011. In addition to maintaining the accountability for all supply and equipment and warehouse inventory control, and to oversee the distribution of purchases and restocking of all supplies and equipment specific to department.
Reshieka Bell Trapp, Fire Analysis Specialist
has served the Department since 2005 as a fire analysis specialist. Under the Budget & Communication/IT Bureau, she is responsible for the preparation and oversight of the department’s incident recording system and software.
Kembrely Williams, Fire Accounting Technician
has served the Department since January 2021 as the Fire Accounting Technician. She is responsible for tracking and reconciling the Columbia Fire Department’s combined City and County budget for Goods and Services. A few of her other duties include procurement of all department goods and services, processing and issuing payment of all station’s monthly bills, vendor invoices and all phases of travel paperwork for our employees.
Marcas Houtchings, Communication Officer
Oversees the communication functions of the department. Monitors all types of the department’s communication devices and IT equipment. Oversees data collection and GIS mapping technologies, which instrumental in working as part of the team that has written various successful department grants.
Tonya Robinson, Administrative Account Specialist
Joining the department in February 2021, Tonya hails from Baltimore, Maryland where she worked four years for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. Prior to her years in local government, she spent 14 years in the Non-Profit sector and 15 years with The Baltimore City Public School System. Working alongside Assistant Chief Folsom, Tonya will be responsible for the timely and accurate completion of a variety of administrative task and statistical analysis to support the management of the Fire Department. Additional tasks will include special project management, operational process administration as well as report generation and presentations.
Assistant Chief, Mickey Folsom
1800 Laurel Street Columbia, S.C. 29201
Phone (803) 545-3730 Mickey.Folsom@columbiasc.gov