New Dual-Purpose CRFD Firetruck Begins Service

On Monday April 4, 2022 leaders in the City of Columbia and Richland County joined CRFD firefighters in ushering the department’s newest firetruck into service.

Station 4 in northeast Richland County is now home to a new dual-purpose firetruck that will be able to respond to calls for service as a ladder truck as well as an engine. Among its features is a longer 107-foot ladder as well as a 500-gallon tank that can hold 20-gallons of foam fire suppressant.

Keeping with tradition, the new Ladder 4 was ‘pushed’ into its garage bay at Station 4 on its first day in service. Joining CRFD staff to take part in the push in was Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, City Manager Teresa Wilson, City Councilman Howard Duvall, City Councilman Joe E. Taylor Jr., Richland County Administrator Leonardo Brown and Assistant County Administrator Dr. John Thompson.

The capabilities of the new firetruck will support CRFD firefighters as they continue to respond to what has been a growing number of calls in the northeast. In 2019 Station 4 responded to 1,245 calls for service. In 2021 the number of service calls answered by the station nearly doubled to 2,073.