Your Mifflin Township Firefighters, Paramedics, and Dispatchers are continuing to work around the clock to be prepared for, and respond to, COVID-19 and any other emergencies in Gahanna and Mifflin Township. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we stand ready to protect our community and the folks who live, work, and play here. We always have been, and always will be, here for you. But now, we need you to be there for us.

The in-person voting portion of the March 2020 primary election was cancelled by Governor DeWine and Secretary of State LaRose in consideration of COVID-19. But, voting by absentee ballot continues.  Those who voted in person at the Franklin County Board of Election prior to the COVID-19 outbreak will also have their votes counted.

Issue 17 remains on the ballot. This is the Mifflin Township Fire/EMS levy. Mifflin Township Fire Chief Dr. Fred Kauser interviewed with This Week to discuss the reasoning for this 0.6 mil levy. Issue 17 would allow for repair to our fire stations, and more appropriately budget for fire truck and medic unit purchases, while increasing budgetary transparency.

The last levy Mifflin Township Fire sought was in 2011. Issue 17 is meant to extend the funds from that levy an additional two years, which is beyond the initially projected lifespan of the 2011 levy.

We will always be ready when called upon for any emergency. Our hope is that Issue 17 will provide the ability to maintain and improve our current level of service to Mifflin Township, Gahanna, and the neighboring communities we serve.

Information on obtaining an absentee ballot can be obtained from the Franklin County Board of Elections. Absentee ballots should be postmarked by April 27th.

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Local 2818 Members are on duty in all bureaus and prepared to respond to any community emergency. Our dispatchers in the Alarm Office will be asking additional interrogation questions to screen for possible COVID-19 exposure. Our paramedics are undertaking protective measures to appropriately respond to and provide treatment to persons needing EMS services in any capacity.

We implore all community members to check on ill and infirm family, friends, and neighbors. As directed by the Ohio Department of Health, practice appropriate distancing, but please, PLEASE, call, text, or email those you care for, and those at risk.

We remain vigilant, and prepared, to care for the citizens of Gahanna and Mifflin Township.

For specific information or questions related to COVID-19, please call 833-427-5634.

Gahanna residents will decide on a different way of funding their fire services through a proposed property-tax levy on the March 17 ballot. Issue 17, if approved, would be a transition from the fire department generally purchasing fire apparatus and ambulances and making building modifications using operating funds to a budget system in which all […]

Hat Tip, ABQNM Local 244

First responders and other participants elevated fallen heroes Sunday (September 8) during the sixth annual Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Close to 500 people climbed to the top of the Chase building in downtown Columbus five times to equal the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

“First and foremost, I think it’s important to understand the sacrifice they went through on September 11th. It’s very humbling to go through something like this,” said Granville Twp. Fire Lt. Ryan Hussey. Hussey was among the firefighters fully suited in almost 80 pounds of equipment for the climb. He explained it was not only a physical test, but also a tribute to the conditions fallen firefighters would have encountered during September 11th.

“They went in there just like any other emergency like we all do in our communities every day,” he said. “They had no idea what they were walking into and the challenges that they were faced with.” The annual event is organized by and raises money for nonprofits 24-7 Commitment and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The organizations support families of current and fallen firefighters.

The 2019 climb aimed to raise $30,000 locally.

Others around the country are holding similar events during the 9/11 anniversary week.

 

IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

Care for your unique needs

If you’re struggling with post-traumatic stress along with co-occurring depression, anxiety or substance abuse disorders, you need treatment from professionals who understand the fire service culture and the unique pressures of your job. The IAFF Center of Excellence connects you to best-practice, evidence-based therapies delivered by clinicians who understand the types of trauma you experience on a day-to-day basis.

Completely confidential treatment

Center staff cannot discuss your treatment with anyone — your fire department, family or friends — unless given explicit permission by you. This applies before, during and after your stay at the IAFF Center of Excellence.

Our Partner: Advanced Recovery Systems

With seven treatment centers across the United States, the continuum of care provided by Advanced Recovery Systems is unsurpassed. The IAFF has partnered with Advanced Recovery Systems to provide members with specialized treatment for the everyday stressors that trigger PTSD, behavioral health disorders and substance abuse.

IAFF CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

13400 Edgemeade Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 327-1955
www.iaffrecoverycenter.com