Fire Department

Columbia City Fire Department Golf Outing

Proud To Serve Our Community


Fire Chief Tom LaRue along with Deputy Chief Steve Sturgeon leads 30 volunteer and 6 full time firemen into the call of duty.  The firehouse is equipped with 2-Class A engines, 1-75’ aerial, 1-grass rig, 1-hose truck and 1-command vehicle and 2-thermal imagers.   You can count on our first response team to provide fire protection, BLS non-transport ambulance service, HAZ-MAT, rescue, fire prevention and code enforcements.  The Columbia City Fire Department also serves the City by appearing at area schools for fire safety training, fire prevention and “stop, drop and roll”.



House Fire




To provide excellent life safety to the community by; aggressively enforcing modern fire prevention codes and laws, effectively educating the public of its role in fire safety, safely and efficiently extinguishing fires, providing emergency medical, hazardous material and other services consistent with the role of a modern fire department



Our fire station also has a non-tax funded fire museum which houses a 1917 Seagrave, 1934 Howe Reo, 1958 American LaFrance and 1953 Seagrave antique trucks.  This museum holds many old relics from the beginning of the fire department which will help teach future generations the history of our city’s fire department and fire safety in the City of Columbia City.

Deceased Firefighters honored
on Memorial Day.


2004 Crimson Fire Engine

1990 KME Fire Engine

2008 Hose truck

2002 Grass Rig

2001 E-1 Ladder truck

2010 Ford 250 Command Vehicle

The Fire Department is a department of the City of Columbia City and is a combination Department that consists of 7 Fulltime Career Fire Fighters, and approximately 30 Volunteer Fire Fighters.  The department is funded by Tax dollars.

Organizational Chart:

Fire Chief Thomas E. LaRue
Deputy Chief Steve Sturgeon
Safety Officer Frank Loe & Dave Herron
Captains: Ron Jones, Toby Fralick, Brian Walker Chris LaRue
Mike McGregor and Doug Reed
Medical Training Officer Doug Reed
Fire Training Officer Mike McGregor

        The Fire department is located at 112 S. Chauncey Street,
Columbia City, Indiana 46725

PHONE NUMBER: (Non Emergency)    
Station-260 248 5161

           Chief- 260 248 5160


1917 Seagrave

1934 Howe Reo

1958 American LaFrance

1953 Seagrave


Click here for an application
to join the Volunteer Fire Department

Click here to access the City's Fire Code.

Fire Dept Pool Fill Costs

Fire Chief
Tom LaRue
Click here for a video introduction.