Terms of Service

Welcome to the COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT (CFD) website. The CFD maintains this site (“Site”) for your personal information, education, and communication. Please feel free to browse the Site at any time; however, by browsing this Site, you are subject to the terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) of this Site. By accessing this Site, you accept, without limitation or qualification, the following Terms and Conditions. If you do NOT accept the Terms and Conditions, then please discontinue your use of this Site.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Use of Site
The CFD reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend the Terms and Conditions, and to modify, add or discontinue any aspect, content, or feature of the Site. Such amendments, modifications, additions, deletions shall become effective upon notice thereof, which may be provided to you by posting on the Site, via e-mail or any other means. Continued use of the Site by you shall constitute your binding acceptance of any such amendments, modifications, additions or deletions. The Site is owned and operated by CFD and contains material that is derived in whole or in part from material supplied and owned by the CFD, The City of City of Columbia and other sources. Such material is protected by copyright, trademark, and other applicable laws. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, publicly display, prepare derivative works based on, or distribute in any way any material from the Site, including but not limited to text, audio, video, code and software. During your visit, however, you may download material displayed on the Site for non-commercial, personal use only (provided that you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials). The CFD neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on the Site will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the CFD.

Disclaimer of Warranties
While the CFD uses reasonable efforts to include up to date information in the Site, the CFD makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy, timeliness, reliability, completeness or otherwise. The CFD has provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties (“Third Party Sites”) and may from time to time provide third party materials on the Site. Neither the CFD, the City of Columbia, subsidiary companies, affiliates, or suppliers operate or control in any respect the information, products or services on these Third Party Sites. The content, materials, and products or services available in or accessible through the Site are AS IS and, to the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, the CFD disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, and warranties implied from a course of performance or course of dealing. The CFD does not warrant that the functions contained in such materials and products, or in the site, will be uninterrupted or error-free, will be available for use, that defects will be corrected, or that the site, including the storage services and their contents, or the server that makes them available, are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Limitation of Liability
Your use of, and browsing in, the site is at your own risk. You assume full responsibility for implementing sufficient procedures and checks to satisfy your requirements for the accuracy and suitability of the site, including the information, and for maintaining any means that you may require for the reconstruction of lost data or subsequent manipulations or analysis of the information provided hereunder. You acknowledge that your use of the site and any information sent or received in connection therewith, may not be secure and may be intercepted by unauthorized parties. You assume responsibility for the entire cost of all necessary maintenance, repair or correction to your computer system or other property. In no event shall the CFD, its subsidiary companies or its affiliates or suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential or other damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the site or with the delay or inability to use the site, or for any information, software, products and services advertised in or obtained through the site, the CFD’s removal or deletion of any materials or records submitted or posted on its site, or otherwise arising out of the use of the site, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, even if the CFD or any of its subsidiary companies, affiliates or suppliers has been advised of the possibility of damages. This waiver applies, without limitation, to any damages or injury arising from any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, file corruption, communication-line failure, network or system outage, or theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of any record. You specifically acknowledge and agree that the CFD, or subsidiary companies, affiliates or suppliers shall not be liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user of the site.

Submissions
While we are always happy to hear from you, it is the CFD’s policy not to accept or consider creative materials, ideas, or suggestions other than those we specifically request. This is to avoid any misunderstandings if your ideas are similar to those we have developed independently. Therefore, we must request that you do NOT send to us any original creative materials such as personal accounts of CFD incidents, your personal history while on the job, other stories, original artwork, etc. Any communication or material you do transmit to the Site by electronic mail or otherwise will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. Anything you transmit or post shall be deemed the property of and may be used by the CFD, or its affiliates, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast and posting. Furthermore, the CFD is free to use and shall be deemed to own, any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the Site for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products using such information. Disclosure, submission, or offer of any submissions to the Site shall constitute an assignment to the CFD of all worldwide rights, titles, and interests in all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in such submission. The CFD may edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate, and otherwise use in any medium any submission that you forward to COLAFIRE.NET and will own exclusively all such rights, titles, and interest and shall not be limited in any way in its use, commercial or otherwise, of the submission. The CFD is and shall be under no obligation to: (1) maintain any of your or any user’s submissions in confidence; (2) to pay to you or any user any compensation for any submissions; or (3) to respond to any of your or any other user’s submissions.

Trademarks
The trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively the “Trademarks”) displayed on the Site are registered and unregistered Trademarks of the Columbia Fire Department, the City of Columbia, and others. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site without the written permission of the CFD and/or the City of Columbia or such third party that may own the Trademarks displayed on the Site. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the Site, or any other content on the Site, except as provided in these Terms and Conditions, is strictly prohibited. You are also advised that the CFD and the City of Columbia will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including seeking criminal prosecution when warranted.

Chat Rooms / Message Boards / Bulletin Boards
The Site may provide you and other users an opportunity to submit, post, display, transmit and/or exchange information, ideas, opinions, photographs, images, video, creative works or other information, messages, transmissions or material to us, the Site or others (“Post” or “Postings”). Postings do not reflect the views of the CFD; and the CFD does not have any obligation to monitor, edit, or review any Postings on the Site. The CFD assumes NO responsibility or liability arising from the content of any such Postings nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information within such Postings on the Site. You are strictly prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. The CFD will fully cooperate with any law enforcement agencies or a court order requesting or directing the CFD to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.

Indemnification
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold the CFD, the City of Columbia and its parent, affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, information providers and licensors (collectively the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, actions, suits, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of or incurred by any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions. The CFD reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with the CFD’s defense of such claim.

Registration
Should the CFD choose to provide member-based services (“Services”) on the Site, when you register to use these Services, you may be required to provide certain personally identifiable information about yourself. You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information about yourself, and to update the information when it changes. If you provide any information that is untrue or inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, or if the CFD suspects that your information is untrue, inaccurate, or incomplete, then the CFD may, in its sole discretion, suspend, terminate, or refuse future access to your membership in these Services.

Termination
The CFD may, in its sole discretion, terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or your access to the Site, or remove and discard any Communication transmitted by you, or information stored, sent, or received via the Site without prior notice and for any reason, including, but not limited to: (i) concurrent access of the Site with identical user identification numbers, (ii) permitting another person or entity to use your user identification number to access the Site, (iii) any other access or use of the Site except as expressly provided in this Agreement, (iv) any violation of the terms and conditions of this Agreement or the rules and regulations relating to the use of, the software and/or data files contained in, or accessed through, the Site, (v) tampering with or alteration of any of the software and/or data files contained in, or accessed through, the Site, or (vi) failure to use the Site or portion thereof on a regular basis. You may terminate your membership here under upon thirty (30) days written notice by you to the CFD of your intent to terminate this Agreement. Termination, suspension, or cancellation of this Agreement or your access rights shall not affect any right or relief to which the CFD may be entitled, at law or in equity. Upon termination of this Agreement, all rights granted to you will automatically terminate and immediately revert to the CFD and its licensors.