Columbia Borough Fire Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Columbia Borough Fire Department shall be to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of the Borough of Columbia and neighboring communities from fire and other related emergencies or natural disasters. This public safety goal shall be achieved by providing professionally trained personnel educated in the areas of fire prevention, suppression, and tactical operations from the adverse effects of fire and rescue situations, or exposure to other hazardous conditions.


Operational Fire Line Officer Appointments

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  The new Station 80 Fire Line Officers will be announced on Thursday July 02, 2015, at 1900 hours. Myself and Deputy Chief Kemmerly will be at CBFD, 10th and Manor Street to make the announcement as well as explain the selection process and answer any questions that members may have pertaining to this subject. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The new officers will be posted following the public announcement and the website updated accordingly. Any questions please contact me!

Thanks and Be Safe!

Chief Ryno



Special Meeting

Monday, June 29, 2015  There will be a joint special meeting for the membership of the Susquehanna Fire & Rescue Co. #4 and Columbia Fire Co. #1 on Wednesday July 1st, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect a treasurer and secretary, with the possibility of a member at large in the board of directors for the new department. Along with the election, business that needs attended to for the new department.



Automatic Alarm Upgraded to a Building

Tuesday, June 16, 2015  Station 80 was alerted to 920 Plane Street around 2040hrs for an auto alarm. Engine 801 took in first arriving with nothing showing from the exterior, engine crews from 801 and 804 discovered smoke in the hallway that was found to be produced from a kitchen fire. The working fire dispatch was hit while station 80 crews worked to extinguish the fire. After the fire was out, crews checked for extension that turned up negative. Extensive ventilation was done and the box was placed available. 



Standby for Company 67

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Engine 804 was requested to provide staffing for Rohrerstown Fire Company today as they paid their respects to Woody Woodward, a long time member and fire photographer. The engine company handled a single vehicle crash on McGovernville Road in Manheim Township  and an inside investigation on Lincoln West Drive in West Hempfield Township.

We'd like to thank our brothers at 67 for their hospitality. Visit them at



Happy Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015  We would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day. Please remember to thank a veteran for there service this weekend. Remember that all gave some and some gave all. Their services will always be remembered.



Smoke Trailer and Fire Prevention at OLA

Thursday, May 21, 2015  Today, some members met with students at the Our Lady of the Angels school to discuss fire prevention and take a tour of the LCFA smoke trailer. Students were taught about the several fire hazards that can be found around a typical household and what they can do to reduce the risk of someone being injured. The trailer also provided simulated smoke that set off smoke alarms throughout the trailer and the students evacuated the trailer.

We'd like to thank the Lancaster County Firemen's Association for letting us use their trailer for the day. The kids had a great time! Please visit them at



Rescue Goes To Work in East Donegal

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  At 0704 hours, Rescue 804 was dispatched for a dwelling fire on  Kelly Avenue in East Donegal Township. Engine 79-2 was first on scene and reported a well involved single family dwelling. Crews from 70, 75, and 79 knocked the fire down and began salvage and overhaul. Rescue 804 assisted with suppression and overhaul. Command 75 held the assignment to units from 70, 75, and 79. Rescue 804 went available at 0908 hours.

All photos are courtesy of Tim and Amanda's Freelance Photography. Please visit them by clicking here and like them on Facebook.



CBFD Live Burn at Pequea Lane

Saturday, May 9, 2015  Today, CBFD members spent the day at the Pequea Lane burn building doing several live burn scenarios. Members trained on hoseline advancement, ventilation, search and rescue, and ladders. After doing six evolutions, lunch was provided to all who participated.

We would like to thank the members of Rheems Fire Company and Lancaster Township Fire Company for staffing the fire house while we were out training. We'd also like to thank Union Station Bar & Grill for hosting the two companies for lunch.



Automatic Alarm at OLA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015  Units were dispatched to the Our Lady of the Angels school for an automatic fire alarm reported in the cafeteria kitchen. Crews arrived with normal conditions in the area. The alarm was reported false and units went available.



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