Welcome to Richland County Emergency Services. This website will help you access services and information within our Department. You will find information regarding ESD administration, education and information, emergency medical services, emergency management, fire and enforcement, and hazardous materials.
It is the mission of Richland County Emergency Services Department to provide professional and cost effective emergency and public safety planning, preparedness programs, response and recovery to the citizens of Richland County. By providing modern support systems combined with prompt and courteous service, our mission is accomplished through a dedicated and professional effort by all emergency service personnel.
Main Office Address
1410 Laurens Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29204
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (803) 576-3400
Fax: (803) 748-5055
E-mail Emergency Services
Emergency Medical Services - EMS
Special Event Coverage
- Request an EMS unit for a special event, speaking engagement, or show-n-tell.
Send us a comment regarding our service
Send us your questions regarding an EMS bill of service
Privacy Practices Policy
Become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
EMI - Emergency Management Institute
Midlands Technical College
Working for Richland County EMS
Benefits of working for Richland County
In order to work for Richland County, you will be required to provide your driving record and background information:
Obtain a copy of your driving record
Obtain a copy of your background
SC DHEC EMS
FEMA for Kids
Emergency Evacuation Reporting
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL EMERGENCY ORDER
WHEREAS, hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential care facilities subject to regulation pursuant to SC Code Ann. §44-7-20 et seq. and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto are required to prepare and maintain Emergency Evacuation Plans; more....
Click here to submit your Emergency Evacuation Plan
Storm Damage Reporting
Click here to report storm damage
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Hazardous Weather Conditions for Columbia, SC
Fire and Enforcement Division
Policy Regarding Volunteer Firefighter Privately Owned Vehicles (POV)
Volunteer Firefighter POV Application Download
Burn Ordinance and Notification Process
Residents in the unincorporated areas of Richland County, meeting the requirements outlined in the Richland County Ordinance Chapter 10 Fire Prevention are required to call 576-3404
for open burn notification, in addition to the South Carolina Forestry Commission (1-800-517-9638) prior to burning.
For more information, please see the Brochure
NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
NFPA for Kids
South Carolina Forestry Commission
Hazardous Materials - HazMat
The HazMat Division administers and enforces Richland County’s Hazardous Materials Ordinance and issues required HazMat Permits to County businesses. HazMat Investigators conduct Compliance Inspections, Investigations, Emergency Response and Enforcement Actions to maintain Public Safety.
Should you have questions or a HazMat related complaint (Dumping, Chemical spills, Illegal HazMat activity, Discovery of Hazardous Waste), please utilize the following e-mail address to contact our officers: Hazmat@rcgov.us
or call the Ombudsman’s office at Tel: (803) 929-6000.
Richland County Ordinance #13 requires businesses that produce, store, sell, dispense handle or otherwise have HazMat on their property, in volumes indicated, to apply, obtain and maintain a Hazardous Materials Plan and Registration.
The following information is provided for the convenience of businesses complying with HazMat Permitting requirements. Please contact the HazMat Division, via e-mail, to obtain your HazMat Plan forms and documents. Upon completion, plans must be returned in their original WORD format as attachments to your e-mail. Your correspondence and HazMat Plan submittals should be directed to
Hazardous Materials Ordinance #13, 1995
Hazardous Materials Certification Statement
Tier II Reporting for Hazardous Chemicals Storage and Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substance Notification
The Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities storing any substance for which a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is required by OSHA and in quantities exceeding the Threshold Planning Quantity (specified for Extremely Hazardous Substance or 10,000 pounds for all other substances) to report these substances to the State, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC’s) and fire departments. more...
Click here to submit your Tier II information
SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
US Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Richland County Advanced COBRA Response Team is to rapidly respond to and assist jurisdictions in effectively addressing the consequences of a critical incident involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) materials and toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) in collaboration with and supported by other COBRA teams and local, state, and federal resources. The response and assistance may include pre-deployment of assets to assist in crisis management activities due to a credible threat in South Carolina.
COBRA Response Team Executive Summary
SC State Law Enforcement Division, Counter Terrorism Information
SC Emergency Management Division
US Department of Homeland Security