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2-alarm fire leaves historic Babcock Building damaged

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More than 50 firefighters with Columbia Richland Fire helped preserve a piece of Columbia’s history on the evening of December 13, 2018. At around 5:30 p.m. fire broke out on an upper floor of the Babcock Building off of Calhoun Street. The building, which used to be part of the South Carolina State Hospital, has […]

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CFD celebrates staff promotions and appointments at December ceremony

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Columbia Richland Fire would wind down 2018 by officially recognizing more than 40 members of the department for their career accomplishments. Department leaders hosted a recognition ceremony on December 10, 2018 to congratulate staff who were promoted or appointed to new positions. That included many employees who earned higher ranks working in fire suppression. Several […]

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CFD Firefighters place third at 2018 Public Safety Softball Tournament

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Columbia-Richland Fire was proud to take part in the 2018 Public Safety Softball Tournament on November 4, 2018. The annual fundraiser brought an afternoon of softball fun to Spirit Communications Park. The Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Fire Service also took part. All proceeds raised from ticket sales will go […]

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CFD gets huge donation of respirator masks from Schneider Electric

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Columbia-Richland firefighters will be able to keep breathing safely thanks to a major donation this summer from Schneider Electric USA Inc. The company donated 29 boxes of N95 respirator masks. In all close to 7,000 new, unused masks were provided and the company even transported them from Hopkins to CFD’s logistics department. N95 masks come in […]

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Firefighters raise skills in high-level rope rescue

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About 24 members of Columbia-Richland Fire looked to take their skills to ‘higher levels’ by taking an advanced course in Rope Rescue. The class, which was hosted at the South Carolina Fire Academy during the week of August 6, drilled firefighters in using basket stretchers from high elevations. Rope Rescue is a basic skill that […]