Richland County deputies, Columbia Police officers, and Columbia firefighters compete for most blood donor votes in the annual drive By W. Thomas Smith Jr. COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), the Columbia Police Department, and the Columbia Fire Department are partnering with the American Red Cross onceContinue Reading

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department (CRFD) welcomed the new year with a significant milestone as 24 deserving members were promoted to new leadership ranks in a ceremony held on January 10. The promotions encompassed various crucial positions, reinforcing the department’s commitment to excellence and service. The promotions included: 14 new SeniorContinue Reading

A state firefighter group and Columbia city officials each held news conferences on June 22 after the Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina called Columbia-Richland Fire Department Chief Aubrey Jenkins’ leadership into question. A recent fire at Tropical Ridge Apartments in the St. Andrews area led to the deathContinue Reading

The fire that killed Irmo Firefighter James Muller on May 26 at the Tropical Ridge Apartments in Columbia was caused by unattended cooking and has been ruled an accident according to Columbia-Richland Fire Department Chief Aubrey Jenkins. The fire started around a stove in one of the apartments. The three-alarmContinue Reading

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department (CRFD) promoted 45 staff members to new ranks of leadership at the end of 2022 and through the first quarter of 2023. During that time, 21 staff moved up to the rank of senior firefighter, 15 became engineers, four were named fire captains and three madeContinue Reading