The Columbia Fire Department continues to work with its local, state and regional partners
to best prepare for inclement weather & inundated roadways.
Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced today that the Columbia Fire Department in collaboration with local and state agencies is prepared to respond to calls for service on evacuation routes throughout our jurisdiction as well as normal fire department operations.
Chief Jenkins reminds citizens that the state’s lane reversals will begin today at 3pm and to expect heavy congestion along evacuations routes; I-26, I-77 and HWY 378 corridors as well as I-20, for the next 48 hours.
The Columbia Fire Department has strategically staged three task forces along the evacuation routes and if needed, a fourth task force can be deployed. Each Task Force will consist of an Engine staffed with three firefighters and a QRV (quick response vehicle) staffed with two firefighters. These units will be assigned to calls along the evacuation routes. They are assigned to assist the evacuees from the low country that encounter roadway and medical emergencies.
Columbia Fire Department has been placed on standby to provide assistance to potential areas that are impacted by Hurricane Matthew. These resources are state and regional assets that can be deployed to assist in search/rescue, collapse structures and medical evacuations. At this time no deployments have been activated. The Columbia Fire Department is monitoring the potential impact(s) of Hurricane Matthew to determine best deployment of the Department’s resources.
As always, the Columbia Fire Department is maintaining its normal response for service.