EMS & Community Risk Reduction

Officer-in-Charge: Assistant Chief Jennifer Cochran


Jennifer Cochran

Our Community Partnerships

The phrase "it takes a village" is especially appropriate when describing the resources necessary to prevent or minimize natural and man-made threats to people and property. Similar to the way we rely on mutual-aid for emergency responses, we recognize the wisdom of utilizing our businesses and residents as partners in these efforts.

Although not as much in the public eye as the "lights and sirens" side of the fire service, most of our public interactions involve behind-the-scenes activities. Each day we receive a myriad of phone calls and in-person visits from people requesting assistance with such topics as fire safety training, smoke alarms, CPR training, fire inspections, carbon monoxide safety, and open burning regulations. 

Internally, we partner with central Ohio medical institutions and professionals to manage and provide training for our emergency medical service program. We also offer "ride time" on our advanced life support unit for Grant and Columbus State paramedic students, as well as physicians from OSU Wexner and Nationwide Children's hospitals.

A large portion of our efforts to prevent or minimize harm to our residents and visitors and their property is allocated to fire prevention and public education. This includes commercial and residential fire inspections, our smoke alarm program, and our annual presentations at Safety City. 

Please explore the many and varied safety topics we offer by clicking on "Public Education" and then "Risk Reduction Topics" in the vertical banner. You can also request further information by calling the Division of Fire & EMS administrative line at 614-885-7640.

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