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Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Columbia Fire Department

1868-2018

 
 
Columbia Fire Department Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. Columbia Fire Department Marker
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Since its beginning in 1868, under the command of Captain Thomas A. Butler, the Columbia Fire Department has answered the call to serve the Columbia community. It has become one of the top-rated fire departments in the country, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the more than 400 men and women who have served throughout its illustrious history. CFD has always prided itself in the meticulous training of its firefighters. In 1910, CFD promoted its first African-American firefighter, John C. Hackney, to driver. Driver Hackney has been forever memorialized responding to the call on the mural at Columbia Firefighters Park.

Starting with a horse-drawn steam fire engine in the 19th century, CFD has purchased the best fire apparatus

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and equipment to protect citizens and property. In 1913, Columbia purchased its first motorized pumper, made by American LaFrance, for a cost of $5800. The Ahrens-Fox Pumper Truck, Columbia's second motorized fire engine, was purchased in 1928 for $13,000, and still stands as a symbol of the Columbia Fire Department today.

In 2017 alone, the CFD responded to 4000
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emergencies of all types. In 2018, the Columbia City Council changed the name of the Columbia Fire Department to Columbia Fire & Rescue to reflect its diverse abilities and the growing needs of the city. Columbia Fire & Rescue continues its commitment to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Columbia.
 
Erected by City of Columbia, Tennessee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 35° 36.7′ N, 87° 2.172′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is at the intersection of South Garden Street and Carmack Boulevard (U.S. 31), on the right when traveling south on South Garden Street. The marker is in Firefighters Park near the fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 South Garden Street, Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forrest-Gould Affair (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1946 Columbia Race Riot / A.J. Morton Funeral Home (approx. ¼ mile away); James K. Polk House (approx. ¼ mile away); Bethel House Hotel / The Princess Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the First Law Office of James Knox Polk (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Johnson
Columbia Fire Department Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
2. Columbia Fire Department Marker reverse
(approx. ¼ mile away); Union Station Train Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); James Knox Polk (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Columbia Fire Department Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
3. Columbia Fire Department Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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