History of the Department

In January of 1907, under the direction of L. Stygler, the village of Gahanna started a volunteer fire department.

On Sept. 3, 1940, the Mifflin Township Trustees entered into a contract with the volunteer fire department of Gahanna to provide fire protection for its citizens. At this time, the firehouse was located at 63 Mill St. in a cement block building.

In December 1942, Jefferson Township Trustees, village of Gahanna Council members, and the Mifflin Township Trustees reorganized the Gahanna Volunteer Fire Department and transferred all fire equipment to a joint ownership among the three governments. Mifflin Township appropriated $700 to maintain its share of the department.

In January of 1944, the Mifflin Township Trustees purchased all rights, title and property of the village of Gahanna Volunteer Fire Department from the village of Gahanna and Jefferson Township, for the sum of $500 each. The department then consisted of a fire chief, assistant fire chief, 13 volunteer firemen, and four captains. While still located at 63 Mill St., later that same year a bond issue was passed for a new fire station.

In January of 1946 the new firehouse began its service from 133 Mill St. The firehouse was dedicated on July 14, 1946. At this time firefighters would still carry firefighting equipment in their personal vehicles.

In 1948 a 3/4 ton Chevrolet truck was purchased from Gahanna Auto Sales and converted into an emergency squad for the fire department's use.

In November of 1953, a firehouse was established in West Mifflin to better service the citizens on that side of the Township. The firehouse began in a converted garage located at 2157 Mock Rd. At that time, this firehouse was home to a 1944 Dodge with a 500 gpm front-mounted pump.

In January of 1954, the ladies auxiliary raised funds to purchase a 1948 Packard ambulance

In 1955 a new firehouse was built to replace the West Mifflin firehouse on Mock road. The new firehouse was built at 2459 Agler road and is still in service today as Station 132.

During the mid-1960s, the department hired the first full-time, paid fire fighter.

In January of 1991, Station 131 was relocated to 475 Rocky Ford Blvd.

Station 134, located at 422 McCutcheon Road opened in September 1997 to provide service to the west side of Gahanna and Mifflin Township.

Station 133, the newest facility, located at 501 Beecher Rd. opened in October 2002 to serve the northeast side of Gahanna.

Today, the Mifflin Township Division of Fire consists of 77 career firefighter/paramedics who respond to more than 7500 emergency calls per year and are consistently one of the busiest fire departments in Franklin County.

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Fire Chiefs of the

Mifflin Township Division of Fire

Dates of Service Name:
1940 – 1944  Chief Raymond Shull
1944 – 1946  Chief Ralph Margarum
1946 – 1953 Chief Norris Davis
1954 – 1954  Deputy Chief Ralph Margarum (Station 1); Deputy Chief Richard Wright (Station 2)
1955 – 1955 Deputy Chief David Stygler (Station 1); Deputy Chief Robert Brandon (Station 1); Deputy Chief Richard Wright (Station 2)
1956 – 1956  Chief Harold Henson
1956 – 1957  Chief Robert Brandon
1957 – 1957  Chief Leo DeConnick
1957 – 1962 Chief Herbert Flavell
1962 – 1966 Chief Leo DeConnick
1966 – 1976  Chief Jack Sells
1976 – 1976 Chief George Perkins
1976 – 1999  Chief John H. (Jack) Selvey
1999 – 2012  Chief L. James DeConnick
2012 - 2015 Chief Tim Taylor
2015 - Present Chief Frederick Kauser