Media and Public Relations

The Columbia Fire Department is the primary source of fire related information in the City of Columbia. Like the news media, the fire department operates in a 24/7, 365 days a year environment. 

During normal business hours, the Columbia Fire Department offers a variety of services to citizens and traditional media outlets.  If you are a reporter or have a general inquiry please contact the Columbia Fire Department Public Information Officer by email at or by phone at 573-874-7557.

Press releases for events the Columbia Fire Department responds to and on camera interviews for those events will be published / made available in a timely manner during normal business hours Monday through Friday.  For events occurring after hours, media information will be released no later than 9am the next business day.  

Media information for larger emergency events will be released as information becomes available regardless of time of day or day of the week.   

Ways to stay connected

Social media is a good way to follow the Columbia Fire Department. We recommend following our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date information on our activities and operations.  

Sunshine Requests

Sunshine (records) requests are made by completing a records request form.

Media Guide

The Columbia Fire Department created a Media Guide to assist members of the media in finding available resources, complying with public disclosure laws, and protecting the integrity of on-going fire investigations. You can download a copy of our Media Guide.