West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith

West Columbia Fire Department stresses safety in Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 3- 9, is National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year in the week of Oct. 9, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871. That fire resulted in the death of more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. The […]


Keeping children safe is a priority should a home disaster strike

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Children, especially those under the age of five, are the most-vulnerable in a home fire situation according to statistics from the American Red Cross. The Red Cross also attributes $280 million-a-year in property destruction because of children playing with fire.   West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith advises all residents to have an adequate number of […]


In a weather emergency, West Columbia schools have a plan, you need a survival kit

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. In West Columbia, local officials have a plan and they are sure to make note of available resources as their attention turns toward awareness. West Columbia Police Chief Marion Boyce and West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith refer to trusted sources when seeking information regarding emergency preparedness. “The South […]