The Office of Occupational Health and Safety works to promote and protect the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, and visitors who participate in activities related to the Department’s missions of protecting Life Safety, and service to the community.
Employees should report all injuries, accidents, and near misses as well as all unsafe work areas and unsafe work practices to the H&S Bureau.
The Columbia Fire Department has a group of trained members who are available to provide support to firefighters after potentially traumatic calls. The leader of the Peer Support group has spent countless hours responding to and coordinating these efforts. The peer supporters are there to listen, provide information about coping, and to arrange further assistance when that is wanted or needed.
The Columbia Fire Department Chaplains are available to listen and provide support from a spiritual perspective.
The Columbia Fire Department’s goal is to have the psychological risks of the fire service addressed as aggressively as other safety and physical health care concerns. Professional resources are available to any member of the Department who would like to talk about work or personal stressors. If needed, Dr. Bergmann helps to make referrals to those in need of assistance that he can’t provide such as marriage counseling.
When To Seek Assistance:
- When there is an overwhelming situation that impacts you at work, home, or in training…
- When you have intense feelings of discomfort, stress, or confusion…
- When you have significant symptoms that persist longer than 6 weeks…
- If you have suicidal thoughts, or other self-destructive behaviors…
- If you feel like you are losing control…
- If you just want to check in and see if you are OK.
2012 Harden St # 112, Columbia, SC 29204
Regular Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat – Sun Closed
Division Chief of Health & Safety, Albert Owusu
1800 Laurel Street Columbia, S.C. 29201
Phone (803) 545-0223 firstname.lastname@example.org