Mifflin Township Division of Fire wants to ensure that members of the community know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and they are starting with the staff of the Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools and the city of Gahanna.
Captain Steve Welsh, fire marshal, conducted training last week with more than 50 employees with the city of Gahanna with the assistance of a new laser-driven fire extinguisher training system, which allows Mifflin Township firefighters to train safely in any setting including an office building, classroom, meeting hall or living room.
"The new, digital system eliminates the cleanup and expense associated with using an actual fire extinguisher, and allows firefighters to train more people in less time," said Chief Fred Kauser, Mifflin Township Division of Fire. "The more citizens we can train on the proper use of a fire extinguisher, the safer our homes and community will be for everyone in Gahanna and Mifflin Township."
Today's training with the city comes on the heels of hands-on staff training with the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. Chief Kauser said he is pleased that the city and schools have been instrumental in bringing the training to their staff.
“In Gahanna, we work proactively to keep our employees, the public and city property safe” says Melissa Jackson, HR Administrator and safety committee chair. “Innovative training techniques, like those used by Mifflin Township in our recent fire extinguisher training, help our employees to hone their safety skills. The safety committee is made up of employees from departments throughout the city. They are very engaged and continuously seek out training opportunities that will allow them to apply proper safety techniques to their jobs.”
According to Chief Kauser, the digital training system is available for use with any group or individual wanting to obtain training in the proper use of operating a fire extinguisher.
"Everyone should know how to use a fire extinguisher in case a fire breaks out at home or work," said Kauser. “The Fire Division is constantly looking for ways to educate the public and introduce them to tools that could save their life or property.”
The digital training system purchased by Mifflin Township offers several advantages to traditional fire training systems. It uses a conical laser to replicate extinguisher discharge, rather than depending on a dry-chemical or CO2 extinguisher, making it a cleaner way to train, with no smoke residue left behind. Additionally, it simulates class A, B and C fires at ten difficulty levels. The system can sense if the trainee is using the correct extinguisher, aiming and sweeping correctly, and if they are an effective distance from the base of the fire. This ensures participants are prepared in case of a real fire emergency.
Any citizen or group who would like to schedule a firefighter visit with the digital trainer can do so by calling (614) 471-4494.