Columbus Township Fire & Rescue
Founded in 1942, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, also known as East Columbus Independent Fire Department (ECIFD), is an ISO Class 4/4Y combination fire department that provides non-transport emergency medical service (EMS) and fire protection for the unincorporated areas of Columbus Township, including the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. We also provide mutual aid to neighboring departments in Bartholomew County, including the City of Columbus. On rare occasions we will be called to provide mutual aid to neighboring counties.
Columbus Township is one of two combination departments in Bartholomew County, meaning that the department consists of both career and volunteer personnel. The career personnel are on duty every weekday from 7am-5pm to ensure that the township and county have emergency coverage while many of the volunteer members are at work. The career staff also carries out daily and weekly truck and equipment inspections, maintenance, and other general station duties.
One of the department's largest events each year is the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, where we provide emergency services throughout the duration of the fair. We also typically cover a few demolition derbies or other events at the fairgrounds throughout the year.
Our members train on a weekly basis in both firefighting and EMS skills and tactics to be prepared to react quickly and effectively to any type of emergency that we care called to. Many of our members hold state certifications in firefighting and EMS. We strive to provide the best possible value and service to the community.