Fire Logistics

The Logistics Division supports the Columbia Fire Department mission from its location at 1901 Harden Street, the former Fire Station 11 from 1953 to 1994.  The Logistics Chief has logistical responsibility to support 32 fire stations, the Training Division, and Fire Prevention; and is accountable for all supplies and equipment within the department’s inventory.

Logistics provides supplies, equipment, and services to support the daily operations of the fire department.  It coordinates with other City Of Columbia and Richland County divisions to obtain and provide these services.


Fire Hydrant Testing – Fire Flow Group

The Logistics Chief also oversees the Fire Flow Group. This group includes a Fire Hydrant Supervisor and eight Fire Flow Technicians. They ensure our citizens and firefighters have properly functioning fire hydrants that are maintained in a high state of readiness. The group tests hydrants, documents problems, and conducts light routine maintenance for more than 16,000 fire hydrants in the City of Columbia and Richland County.

SCBA Program

Another important component of the Logistics Division is the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) program. The SCBA Technician tests and maintains more than 300 SCBAs, multiple support compressors, and several cascade systems. On an annual basis, each firefighter is “fit-tested” to ensure respiratory safety.

Our Staff


Alpod Williams

Chief of Logistics


Paul Baust

SCBA Technician


Helen Gause

Material Inventory Clerk


Erwin Boykin

Supply Technician


Herbert Barnett

Fire Flow Supervisor


Joann Foster

Fire Flow Technician


Robert Fogle

Fire Flow Technician


Ricky Seals III

Fire Flow Technician


Michael Chavis

Fire Flow Technician


Carl Robert

Fire Flow Technician

Ricky Threat

Fire Flow Technician

Shannon Middleton

Fire Flow Technician

Contact Person

Chief of Logistics, Alpod Williams

1901 Harden Street Columbia, S.C. 29201

Phone (803) 733-8593