Fire: Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have questions about the Mifflin Township Division of Fire? Below are some of the most frequent questions about which residents inquire.

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, each apparatus is 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: the fire apparatus is the closest available resource that can respond to help with the emergency, or the fire apparatus is able to provide additional manpower to assist the ambulance crew with the care of a seriously ill or injured patient. 

How can I obtain a copy of an EMS patient report or fire report?

Medical reports are available at the Fire Administration Building, 400 W. Johnstown Rd., Suite 201, Gahanna, OH 43230, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also contact us via phone at (614) 471-0542. Only the patient, their legal representative or authorized relative, with proper ID, may obtain these records. 

Why are there fire apparatus or ambulances parked at the grocery store? 

Because shifts are 24 hours, we function much like a family and eat meals together every day. The Division of Fire does not provide meals while on duty. Each shift has a “kitty” that firefighters pay into each morning. Firefighters use the money in the “kitty” to shop for daily meals. While at the store, firefighters are still on duty and will leave food if necessary to respond to an emergency. 

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 is prepared to deal with the worst that could happen based upon that information given. First responders are dispatched as quickly and safely as possible, with personnel trained to be prepared for the “worst” possible outcome. On occasion, when responding to emergencies, the first arriving apparatus may relay information that may cause us to down grade to a non-emergent mode or 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?

When you see an emergency vehicle approaching, drivers should safely pull off to the right side of the road and stop the vehicle. This allows a clear lane for apparatus to continue safely and quickly.

Can I get my blood pressure checked at the fire station?

Yes. Stop by any fire station and we will gladly check your blood pressure.

How can I relay a compliment or complaint concerning Fire Department Services?

Compliments or complaints concerning the Mifflin Township Division of Fire should be directed to Fire Administration, 400 W. Johnstown Rd., Suite 201, Gahanna, Ohio 43230. Or you can call (614) 471-4494 during regular business hours or email and your message will be directed to the appropriate team member.

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 can spread quickly 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 in the safest possible manner.

How many smoke detectors should I have and where should they be placed?

Smoke detectors are the most important fire safety item in your home. At least one smoke detector should be placed on every floor (including the basement) and 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 five to eight 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 location that is out of the dangerous area yet close enough that first responders can find the homeowner upon arrival. If you need assistance with your home fire escape plan, contact the 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; however, burning of large piles of trash and other combustibles is not permitted. Contact Fire Administration during regular office hours at (614) 471-4494 prior to 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.


Fire Administration Building
400 W. Johnstown Rd., Suite 201, Gahanna, OH 43230

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(614) 471-0542

Brian Dunlevy, Fire Chief