Columbia Fire & Rescue (CFR) is a National Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 rated department. At the time CFR received this honor, they were the only fire department in the State of Tennessee with this distinction. Columbia Fire & Rescue is presently one of only eight departments in the state to have obtained this rating. This Class 1 rating provides many benefits, including an incentive for recruiting businesses to Columbia by offering an opportunity for lower insurance rates. These benefits are possible because of the many hours of hard work by CFR personnel and city leaders.
With its humble beginnings as a volunteer service, Columbia Fire & Rescue has spent the last 150 years creating a legacy of service that continues today. CFR currently serves over 42,000 residents in a 36-square mile area. Columbia firefighters respond to over 5,000 calls a year for all types of emergencies. These emergency responses are serviced out of 5 strategically located fire stations that house 3 ladder trucks, 3 engine companies, 2 medical rescue units, 2 rescue boats, and a swiftwater boat.
One of CFR's most important roles in the community is risk reduction. CFR has created community risk reduction programs in order to empower the public with the knowledge and assets they need in order to reduce the risk of avoidable hazards that could potentially result in the loss of life and property. As we continue to grow as a department, we look forward to serving our citizens with professional care and compassion.
In honor of Columbia Fire & Rescue's 150th anniversary in 2018, the new Columbia Firefighters Park was dedicated on September 11, 2018. It is located next to Fire Station No. 1 at 1000 South Garden Street, at the gateway into the Columbia Arts District. Once all phases of the park are completed, it will include a central gathering square with custom engraved bricks, three flagpoles, a gazebo, memorial plaques, a firefighter statue, benches, and landscaping.
If you would like to become a lasting part of the park and show your support, you can purchase a purchase a custom engraved brick for $100 (PDF)*** or go to the Community Foundation of Middle, TN to give to the Firefighters Park Fund.