Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced tonight that the Department has returned to normal operations and demobilized extra staffing after a reduction in call volume. Firefighters continue to work with SCDOT and SC National Guard to clear roadways of trees.
Columbia Fire Department has seen an increase in call volume; between midnight and 6pm today. Columbia Firefighters have responded to over 260 calls, 254 of which are priority 1 calls: 18 collapsed structures, 9 structure fires, 3 vehicle fires, 24 motor vehicle collisions- 6 with entrapment, 60 power lines arching.
Chief Jenkins reminds citizens to avoid downed power lines and to treat all downed lines as live. Roadways could be dangerous as night falls due to damaged/down trees and power lines so use caution. Also, those who are using generators due to power outages never use generator inside your home or in an attached garage even if the garage door is open due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Columbia Firefighters continue to support agencies outside of their jurisdiction. Swiftwater Rescue Teams consisting of eight Swiftwater Technicians and two boats, deployed yesterday to Colleton County, SC after receiving a request from South Carolina State Firefighter Mobilization. These teams may also be deployed to the Grand Strand. Their assignment will be to assist with any potential water rescues.
Columbia Fire Department’s Collapse Search & Rescue Teams continues to be on stand-by to support a request under SC-TF5 Collapse Search/Rescue Team with 20 Structural Collapse Technicians and various apparatus.
As always, the Columbia Fire Department is maintaining its normal response for service.