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.



A training opportunity should never be missed. R1,R4,L8,B4 took part in 3 training exercises today at SpiralWeld Pipe manufacturing. Starting with a Confined Space and ending with a worker trapped under this pipe. Despite the heat everyone did a great job and gained some further insight. Thank you to SpiralWeld for making this happen and we look forward to several more events like this. ... See MoreSee Less

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CFD RC 17-01 braved what felt like a monsoon to respectfully retire the colors during the end of day ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm very interested in joining. Who can I call or where can I go to take classes ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, Rescue 1, Ladder 7, Battalion 2, Training 5, and Fire 8 (SOC Chief) worked on a few technical rescue scenarios, involving a worker with a "medical emergency." Companies enjoyed themselves and did an outstanding job! ... See MoreSee Less

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Contact Person

Battalion Chief of Training, Nicholas Martin

1505 Taylor Street Columbia, S.C. 29201

Phone (803) 545-3732