Columbus Fire and Rescue Mission Statement
Our mission is to protect life and property due to fire, medical and environmental emergencies within the community through public education, code management and incidental response.
Columbus Fire and Rescue Vision Statement
We, the members of the Columbus Fire and Rescue Department , have a shared commitment to professionalism, team work, quality leadership, mutual respect, integrity, effective communication. and safety as we endeavor to fulfill our mission.
Columbus Fire and Rescue Core Values
For The Community
We recognize that the community is the reason for our purpose.
We value the faith and trust of the community, and continually work to deserve that confidence through our attitude, conduct, and accomplishments.
Lives are more valuable than property.
The safety of the public is of paramount importance.
All members of the public of entitled to our best effort.
For The Department
We strive for excellence everything we do.
Honesty, fairness, and integrity will not be compromised.
We continually seek effectiveness, efficiency, and economy.
Unity and teamwork are stressed as being to our mutual advantage as individuals and as an organization. Members are continually encouraged to improve themselves as individuals and employees.
The free exchange of ideas is encouraged.
We will provide professional and courteous service at all times.
We are sensitive to changing community needs.
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The volunteer fire department of the 1880's and "gay Nineties" in Columbus, MS was a vital and exciting part of the life of the community. What it lacked in modern equipment, it made up in color, vigor, and social prestige. Representing a cross section of the male population, both black and white, it included five companies: the Lurline, the Luxapalila, the Hercules Hook and Ladder Company, the Coal Cart, and the Rough and Ready who were all dedicated to extinguishing the frequent fires which threatened the beautiful hilltop town overlooking the Tombigbee River. There was much rivalry and competition among the companies, and each fire was the occasion of an exciting race and the laurels went to the company that was successful in the throwing the first stream on the building.
Today, the Columbus Fire and Rescue Department, based at five stations and made up of 71 full-time men and women, is still dedicated to fighting fires as well as educating the public in fire prevention. Columbus Fire and Rescue specialty teams in EMT-Basic, Extrication, Hazardous Materials, Rope Rescue/Confined Space, and Dive and Rescue, as well as Fire and Life Safety education and Fire Code enforcement train over 12,000 documented hours yearly at the local stations, the MS Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, as well as other recognized outstanding training facilities across the nation.
Columbus Fire and Rescue is proud of the work and service they do for the City of Columbus as they continue the excellent tradition of the first fire fighters of the community of the past.