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Judge Approves Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit of Columbia Firefighter

Mar 14, 2017
University Village Apartments
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A settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a Columbia firefighter against the UM System Board of Curators was approved by a judge Monday. 

The sum of the settlement remains confidential.

On Feb. 22, 2014, Lt. Bruce Britt died when a walkway where he was standing partially collapsed. He and other firefighters had responded to a report of a roof collapse at the University Village apartments, which were owned by MU. 

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COLUMBIA -- A new program aiding emergency response is coming to Columbia, according to an announcement from the Columbia Fire Department, MU Healthcare and Boone Hospital.

The File of Life program aims at helping emergency responders when patients are unable to communicate with them. Residents list their medical information on a form, place it in a fireproof file and put it on their fridge. The form includes prescriptions, allergies, medical history and emergency contacts.

Group Pushes for Police to Carry Overdose Drug

Feb 10, 2017
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Columbia Police could be the next first responders to carry a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose.

The Columbia Fire Department started carrying naloxone last month. The drug is more commonly known as Narcan. According to the Narcan website, the drug works by displacing opioid molecules, which reverses the effects of opioid overdoses like slowed breathing and unresponsiveness.

Operation Red Wreath Promotes Fire Safety

Dec 10, 2015
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 This holiday season, the Columbia Fire Department is draping a wreath on its door filled with red lights for Operation Red Wreath. The wreath is a visual reminder to citizens to stay safe and practice fire safety this holiday season. For every fire that occurs in Columbia, the department will switch a red light bulb to white.

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Three Columbia College students were injured this afternoon in what Columbia College’s Assistant Director of Public Relations Sam Fleury said was a “chemical reaction gone wrong.”

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The Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire District are negotiating how they will divide responsibility for emergencies in and around Columbia. Currently, the two departments respond jointly to calls in certain areas along city limits.


Report determines factors behind Firefighter's death

Feb 5, 2015
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Columbia Fire Department

UPDATED at 9:20 a.m. CT on Feb. 5, 2015 with a statement by Chief Frazier.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health released a report on Wednesday of its investigation into Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt’s death and the walkway collapse at University Village last year.

The report determined the main factors in Britt’s death were the deterioration of the building and the failure of the university to notify the fire department of the building’s condition.

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The Columbia Fire Department rescued a man trapped in a well at the University of Missouri power plant on Thursday. The fire department was dispatched around 2 p.m. to extract a University Campus Facilities employee who experienced a medical issue while performing regular maintenance on the well.

The well is about 20 feet underground and is one of five drinking water wells on the MU campus.

MU News Bureau Associate Director Christian Basi said the employee’s medical condition required calling and utilizing the fire department, but it wasn't so severe that there wasn't enough time to wait for the crew to arrive.

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Columbia authorities say arson is suspected in two fires that have broken out amid a rash of vandalisms, burglaries and staff harassment at several churches.

Columbia Fire Chief Retires, Replacement Named

Dec 9, 2014
Brady Finn

Fire Chief Charles Witt officially announced his retirement from the Columbia Fire Department this morning. The press conference took place at City Hall where several other officers were there to support him.

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The Columbia Fire Department announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension to its 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER Grant to the Columbia Fire Department on March 3, 2013. The grant began paying for salaries and benefits for five new fire fighters over the course of two years and totaled $658,120.

Memorial service honors firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt

Feb 27, 2014
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A memorial service was held at The Crossing Thursday in honor of Lieutenant Bruce Britt, who served on the Columbia Fire Department for 23 years and died in action last weekend.

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Columbia Fire Department

The firefighter who died while helping to evacuate an apartment complex in Columbia will be remembered with services on Thursday.

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Columbia Fire Department Lieutenant Bruce Britt died early Saturday while responding to the collapse of a walkway at the MU-run University Village Apartments. According to a Columbia Fire Department press release, Britt sustained life threatening injuries while assisting citizens and was pronounced dead at University Hospital. 

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin offered his condolences to Britt's family in a statement Saturday.

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Updated  4:25 pm with better social analytics information.

The Columbia Fire Department (CFD) is claiming that their latest public service announcement has been viewed over one million times on Facebook.  At the risk of stating the obvious, that is quite a feat for a station that serves a town of 113,000 people.

MU Nuclear Research Reactor
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri’s Research Reactor has successfully completed its annual drill.

The reactor staff worked with public-safety and health professionals yesterday to simulate a scenario involving a small fire and radiation exposure to two individuals.  The police and fire departments participate in the drill every other year.

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A gas leak Tuesday evening in Columbia caused emergency officials to evacuate several businesses and close down a section of Ninth Street South.

At 4:59 p.m. the Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a gas odor outside the construction site at 308 Ninth Street South, according to James L. Weaver, public information officer with the Columbia Fire Department.

Several nearby businesses were closed including Starbucks, Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, Weaver said.

Fire department says goodbye to battalion chief

Jul 3, 2012
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Abby Spudich / KBIA

The Columbia Fire Department bid farewell to Battalion Chief Steven Sapp at a public reception Friday afternoon.  More than 40 people came to City Hall to honor Battalion Chief Steven Sapp for his 22 years of service in the Fire Department.