Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins has announced the Columbia Fire Department is accepting applications for Firefighter. The application process will close midnight October 31.

The Department is the largest in the state and is responsible for serving nearly 500,000 citizens within the City of Columbia and Richland County. Firefighters respond to 35,000-40,000 emergency incidents per year from rural to densely urban areas. Fully staffed, the Columbia Fire Department has 500 personnel covering 32 fire stations.

The application period is currently open, as per the posting on the City of Columbia website All applicants are encouraged to provide an email address as requested on the Columbia Firefighter Application. Applicants will be notified via email for pre-qualification testing dates. This will be a progressive process based on minimum passing scores for each of the testing phases.

Phases of the pre-qualification testing process include:

  1. Application, to include a 10 year driving record and criminal background check from the state of residency.
  2. General aptitude written test.
  3. Maze and Physical agility test.
  4. Final Application Review.
  5. Selected Candidate’s Interview.

*Follow link ( to buy a study guide for written aptitude test and to view Maze & Agility test video tutorials.

Any questions that you may have can be e-mailed to Captain James Bostic, CFD Recruiter at [email protected] or call the Columbia Fire Department at 803-545-3331.