Non-Emergency: (828) 894-3667
Serving Columbus And The Polk County Area Since 1949
Covering over 50 square miles, the Columbus Fire Department runs an average of 1200 calls a year between first response and fire emergencies. In addition, we provide mutual aid to all other departments in Polk county.
The Department was founded in 1949 and has grown to what it is today, rated a split class 5/9 department by the Office of the State Fire Marshall and Department of Insurance. We have 8 apparatus and 2 support vehicles, allowing us to provide a wide variety of emergency response services.
Currently, we have 4 paid employees and 40 volunteers. Our members receive training several times yearly and are required to hold the necessary certifications. Recently, we added a ladies auxiliary to provide additional support to our members.
We are located at 100 South Peak Street in downtown Columbus, North Carolina. The Columbus Fire department stands ready to respond to fire and other emergencies 24/7.
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Chief Bobby Arledge joined the fire department in 1996. He became Chief when the previous Chief of 38 years, Geoffrey Tennant retired. He has held various positions in the fire department, including Leiutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief. Bobby is a level 2 fire instructor and also a member of the Polk County Rescue Squad. He lives in Polk county with his wife and 4 children.
Deputy Chief Tony Priester joined the fire department in 2007. He became Deputy Chief in 2011. He lives in Polk county with his family
Assistant Chief Geoffry Tennant was Chief for 38 years then retired. But he stayed on as a volunteer and became Assistant Chief in 2011. He is also an EMT with the Polk County Rescue Squad. He lives in Columbus with his wife.
Captain Ronnie Russel joined in 1997 and became a Captain in 2011.
Captain Tommy Stott joined in 2006 and became a Captain in 2011.
Lieutenant Eric Champion joined in 2005 and became a Lieutenant in 2011.
Lieutenant Tom Avolese joined in 2007 and became a Lieutenant in 2010.
Jim Dorsett, Safety Officer
John Stratman, Training Officer
Sarah Ravan, Secretary
Engine 1 is a 2001 Spartan pumper capable of carrying 1000 gallons of water and has a 1500gpm pump.
Engine 5 is a 2005, four-wheel drive Pierce pumper, capable of carrying 500 gallons of water with a 1250gpm pump and CAFS system.
Engine 3 is a 1992 GMC pumper capable of carrying 1000 gallons of water and has a 1000gmp pump.
Tanker 2 is a 2011 pumper/Tanker capable of carrying 2500 gallons of water and has a 1500gpm pump.
Tanker 1 is a 1992 GMC Tanker capable of carrying 1250 gallons of water and has a 400gpm pump.
Service 1 is a service vehicle which carries our extrication equipment and extra equipment to support the fire engines. It also has a 250 gallon tank with a 18hp motor for small fires.
Brush 1 is a 4x4 Ford with a 250 gallon tank and a 18 hp pump used for brush and grass fires.
Truck 1 is a 2006 pick up truck which carries our message board for traffic control.
Battallion 1 is a 2004 Chief's Vehicle.
Ranger 1 is a 4x4 ATV which has a 55 gallon tank and a 12hp motor.
Air 1 is a mobile air trailer that is used to fill SCBA bottles in the field or at the station.