Gahanna Lincoln Seniors Learn Vital Fire Safety Training in Preparation for Life After Graduation

GAHANNA, Ohio – With graduation just around the corner, Mifflin Township firefighters are doing their part to prepare Gahanna Lincoln High School seniors for life on their own. Graduating seniors will participate in a bucket brigade, learn how to provide CPR, how to operate fire extinguishers, how to escape from a burning building  and see reality fire video clips, all in an effort to learn vital fire safety and life-saving skills during Mifflin Township Division of Fire’s Student Government Days.

Mifflin Township’s Division of Fire will host hundreds of Gahanna Lincoln High School students from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today through Wednesday at Station 131, 475 Rocky Fork Blvd. in Gahanna.Students will rotate through fast-paced, hands-on learning stations. In one station  ̶  the “bucket brigade”  ̶  there will be a water-bucket relay race to teach seniors not only the historical way of fighting fires and how far fire service has advanced, but to set the rapid-response tone for the day.

"We want students to be able to understand in emergency situations they have a lot of problems thrown at them all at once, and they have to make decisions quickly," said Chuck Wilhelm, Mifflin Township firefighter/paramedic and Student Government Days coordinator. "We teach them the history of the fire service. We didn't have fire trucks but a bucket brigade. You had to work as a team and take care of each other. It’s a theme we stress with them throughout the day."

Mifflin Township Division of Fire has partnered with Gahanna Lincoln High School for more than 30 years as part of the school’s state and local government unit.

According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, since January of 2000, 89 fatal fires have been documented that occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing within three miles of the campus, claiming a total of 126 victims. Of the 89 fires, 14 were intentionally set, claiming 22 victims, 38 were accidental, including cooking, candles, smoking or electrical, claiming 51 victims, and 37 of the fires were of undetermined cause. These fires claimed 53 victims.

Mifflin Township has a fire department that serves the city of Gahanna and unincorporated township areas. The division has four fire stations, and employs 80 full time firefighter/paramedics, six full or part-time fire prevention officers and 23 full or part-time dispatchers. Responding to more than 8,706 calls for emergency medical service and 2,050 fire related calls, the township responded to a total of 10,756 calls for assistance in 2015.