1800 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201
On Duty personnel
At noon on Wednesday, March 6, 1995, a new Fire Headquarters and station 1 was dedicated at 1800 Laurel Street. The old station at Senate Street was abandoned. Engines 1 and 11 were housed there with Battalion 1 and various support vehicles. With history abounding within the department, the Columbia Fire Department Museum was dedicated on October 6, 1996. A committee of fire personnel interested in the development of the museum, along with local artists, USC and state museum experts began laying out a state-of-the-art user-friendly display of historic CFD memorabilia.
In 1996, Engine Company #5, located at station 13, was disbanded and Rescue Company #1 was established at Headquarters. A new FES heavy rescue truck was placed in service as Rescue Company 1 and the existing 1986 rescue truck was reassigned as HAZ-MAT 1.
This same year, Station 11 was established at 20 Blume Court. Columbia firefighters constructed the station by connecting a warehouse and a dwelling together. Engine 11 moved from Headquarters to this site.