Frequently Asked Questions

The Mifflin Township Division of Fire exists to serve the community. We understand that our friends and neighbors have questions that may, or may not, pertain to the services that we provide. Each and every member of this department is either equipped to answer your questions or able to put you in touch with the appropriate person who can. Please do not hesitate to stop us when you see us out in the community or stop by the firehouse and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Below are some of the most frequent questions that we are asked.

Why was a fire truck sent when I called for a medical emergency and needed an ambulance?
All of the fire apparatus at the Mifflin Township Division of Fire are staffed with Advance Life Support (ALS) personnel known as paramedics. In addition, our apparatus are equipped with all of the tools and equipment that might be needed to treat a patient at the scene of a medical emergency. Fire apparatus are often dispatched to the scene of an EMS emergency for one of two reasons. First, the fire apparatus is the closest available resource that can respond to help with the emergency. In other words, they can get to the emergency scene and provide care before an ambulance can get there. Second, the fire apparatus is able to provide additional manpower to assist the ambulance crew with the care of a seriously ill or injured patient. 

Why are there fire apparatus or ambulances parked at the grocery store? 
We function like a family and eat meals together every day.The Division of Fire does not provide meals for us while on duty. Each shift has a “kitty” that we pay into every morning. We use the money in the “kitty” to go shopping for our daily meal. While at the store we are still on duty and you may notice us leave our food and respond to an emergency. This is also a great time for us to interact with members of our community in a non-emergency situation.

Why does an emergency vehicle respond with lights and siren and then turn them off? 
Division of Fire apparatus are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator or the person reporting the emergency. The Division of Fire responds prepared to deal with the worst that could happen based upon that information. In emergency services we have learned that if we assume something is "simple," we can be horribly mistaken. We respond as fast and as we safely can, with personnel trained to provide the best service possible and the apparatus sufficient to deal with the "worst" possible outcome. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs our help. On occasion, when responding to emergencies the first arriving apparatus or dispatch center may relay information that may cause us to “down grade” to a non-emergent mode or even cancel the call and return to service.

When an emergency vehicle is approaching with their lights and siren on, what should I do as a driver?
Please safely pull off to the right side of the road and stop your vehicle. This allows a clear lane for apparatus to continue safely and quickly.

Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire house?
Yes. Stop by any fire house and we will gladly check your blood pressure.

How do I request a tour of a fire house?
To request a tour of a fire house or to schedule afire apparatus and/or ambulance to visit your special event, please contact the House Captain of the firehouse that is closest to you. Contact information for each of our House Captains is available on the firehouse page of our site.

How can I relay a compliment or complaint concerning Fire Department Services?
For compliments or complaints concerning the Mifflin Township Division of Fire, contact the Fire Administration Building at 485 Rocky Fork Boulevard Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or you can contact us via phone at (614) 471-0542 or visit our feedback section on this site.

What is the best kind of fire extinguisher for my house?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10B:C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C. Remember, fires are very dangerous and the fire department should be called anytime there is a fire or suspicion of a fire so that we can make sure the situation is taken care of properly.

How many smoke detectors should I have and where should they be placed?
Smoke detectors are the most important fire safety item needed in your home. At least one smoke detector should be placed on every floor (including the basement) and one in every bedroom. Smoke detectors should be checked monthly and the batteries should be changed every six months. We recommend changing the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clock for daylight savings. Additionally, smoke detectors should be replaced every 5 to 8 years depending on the manufacturer.

Should I have a “Fire Escape Plan” for my family?
Yes. The plan should include two ways out of every room and every floor. It’s important to have a meeting place for family members and practice the drill monthly; more frequently if young children live in the home. The meeting place can be a neighbor’s house, the mailbox across the street, or any other identifiable location that is out of the dangerous area but close enough that we can find the homeowner when we arrive. If you need assistance with your home fire escape plan, please contact our fire prevention office for help creating one. 

Is open burning of trash, wood or other combustibles permitted in the city?
No. Small warming or cooking fires are permitted if they are contained in a fire resistant area such as a commercially available metal fireplace but large piles of trash and other combustibles is not permitted. Please contact the Fire Administration Building at 485 Rocky Fork Boulevard Monday thru Friday 9:00am - 4:00 pm. Or you can contact us via phone at (614) 471-0542 prior to having any open burn.

What is the ISO rating and what rating is the City of Gahanna and Mifflin Township? ISO stands for Insurance Services Office and one of their services is the Public Protection Classification system often referred to as the ISO rating of a city. This rating represents the effectiveness of fire protection in a city on a scale of one through ten with a class one being the best or superior fire protection and class 10 meaning not meeting minimum criteria. The City of Gahanna and Mifflin Township have a Class 3 rating. You can find more information at www.isomitigation.com/ppc

How can I get a copy of a Fire Report?
Fire reports may be obtained from the Fire Administration Building at 485 Rocky Fork Boulevard Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or you can contact us via phone at (614) 471-0542.

How can I get a copy of an EMS patient report?
Medical reports for services provided by a available at the Fire Administration Building at 485 Rocky Fork Boulevard Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or you can contact us via phone or email at (614) 471-0542. Only the patient, their legal representative or authorized relative, with proper ID, may obtain these records.