Is police or fire primary?

  • The Columbia Police Department Public Relations Unit will  handle Media inquiries related to police operations. We will refer Media requests for information that are not related to police operations to the appropriate outside agency or internal department.
  • The Columbia Fire Department will handle Media inquiries related to injured persons, fire scenes, and other natural disasters (i.e. injured persons at construction sites, tornados, bomb threats or burning structures). Although there could be a police report taken for a Fire incident, such as an injured person report, any department response will need to come from the lead agency for that case.
  • Media access movement inside a fire line will be controlled by the fire on-scene commander. In consultation with the fire on-scene commander, the ranking police officer at the scene may establish an observation point from which the Media may observe and photograph the incident.

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