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.
Tracy Beymer, Administrative Specialist
has served the Department since 2015 as an administrative specialist. Under the Budget & Communication/IT Bureau, she is responsible for the preparation and oversight of numerous financial reports that reconcile and track Columbia Fire Department’s combined City and County budget. A few of her other duties include procurement of all department goods and services, processing and issuing payment of all station monthly bills as well as vendor invoices and all phases of travel paperwork for our employee’s.
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.
Assistant Chief, Mickey Folsom
1800 Laurel Street Columbia, S.C. 29201
Phone (803) 545-3730 Mickey.Folsom@columbiasc.gov