Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins











Aubrey D. Jenkins is the Fire Chief for Columbia Fire Department. He worked his way up through the ranks as a Firefighter from 1979 to 1984, a relief Fire Equipment Operator from 1982 to 1984, Fire Equipment Operator from 1984 to 1988, Captain from 1988 to 1993, Battalion Chief from 1993 to 2005, Deputy Chief from 2005 to 2010, and as of 2011 the Columbia Fire Chief. He currently leads 515 active firefighters—392 of them are career firefighters while 123 are volunteer firefighters—located in 32 stations. Of these 32 stations, 14 are considered “volunteer stations” as they are staffed predominantly by volunteer firefighters.


Chief Jenkins is a graduate of Eau Claire High School, South Carolina Executive Institute and Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor degree in Fire Science. He attends Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ where he serves as a deacon and Chairman of the Brotherhood Department. He is chairman on the City of Columbia Grievance Committee, certified as an Emergency Responder Instructor, a South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor, and American Red Cross First Aide Instructor.


He has received a variety of honors to include Honorary Chair for the 2015 Walk Like MADD, 2012 inductee of the Columbia Housing Authority Wall of Fame, Columbia Firefighter of the Year, City of Columbia Employee of the month, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented with a Life Saver Award from the City of Columbia for rescuing a baby from a burning structure, 2007 recipient of the Columbia Urban League Lincoln C. Jenkins Jr. Award,  Recognition Award for Participation in after school programs to teach first aid and safety to youth and for mentoring program, Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action, and numerous other achievements.


He is married with two sons.

Contact Person


Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins

1800 Laurel Street Columbia, S.C. 29201

(803) 545-3700

Department Info


1800 Laurel Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201


(803) 545-3700


(803) 733-8311

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm