What we Do?

The Columbia Fire Department Training Division manages and oversees all aspects of training and education for department members.  This includes recruit-level training, continuing education, and career development.  Our mission is to prepare CFD members for “operational excellence” on emergency scenes through realistic and meaningful training based on the needs of Columbia Fire Department operations.  We deliver coursework on disciplines relating to all services provided by the CFD.



Training Division staff includes one battalion chief (Chief of Training), four captains (Training Officers), and a fire training coordinator. The Training Division manages the CFD Training Academy and associated courses as well as delivering courses from the South Carolina Fire Academy and National Fire Academy. Training Division staff also facilitate company-level and multi-company drills through a variety of delivery methods, and respond to emergency incidents to support operations and assess training needs.



CFD 17-02 recruits had a great week as they participated in their first live fire training. Over the last several days they took part in an introductory / fire behavior burn as well a session in Fort Jackson's fire behavior SIM lab. Additionally, they performed searches in an acquired structure on post and honed their skills on oriented search and fire attack in live fire environments. They topped off a grueling week with continued physical training sessions each morning, and the completion of their second required skills proficiency test. ... See MoreSee Less

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A huge THANK YOU to Tower Ladder 9, 3rd shift, on their assistance in getting the new search rope bags ready to be placed in service on the Battalions. These bags, in addition to the bags on the support companies, will aid in the additional needed equipment for larger incidents. ... See MoreSee Less

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Finished Truck School 2017-01 with CDL checks, aerial maintenance, positioning angles, and master stream operations. Thank you to all of the hard working students and instructors for making this long and intense week possible! ... See MoreSee Less

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Over 55+ personnel kicked off Truck School 2017-01 today with Day 1 lecture! Personnel from CFD, Irmo, Fort Jackson, North Charleston, and Bluffton in attendance covering everything from assignments, operations, and tools!
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Contact Person

Battalion Chief of Training, Nicholas Martin

1505 Taylor Street Columbia, S.C. 29201

Phone (803) 545-3732