More than 2,000 firefighters are training in Gahanna.

Columbus and Mifflin Township fire divisions have joined forces with the city of Gahanna to offer interactive training to firefighters across the region using a commercial building at 181 Granville St.

Gahanna's Community Improvement Corp. owns the building that is slated for future demolition.

"Gaining access to commercial structures for tactical firefighter training is a challenge," said Fred Kauser, Mifflin Township's fire chief. "We are grateful to the city of Gahanna for allowing us to use this building for several months."

Training began Jan. 21 and is scheduled to continue through March, said Niel Jurist, Gahanna's public information manager.

Activities are taking place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays, plus some nights and weekends.

Kauser said the township is grateful to be working with the instructional staff of the Columbus Division of Fire and suburban colleagues.

The training will give firefighters the opportunity to participate in search-and-rescue and other procedures relative to a fire in a commercial setting.

The training exercises won't include a live fire but smoke simulators will be used to create realistic scenarios.

Area businesses have been informed of the training and little to no disruption to the area is expected to occur.

"We are proud to be a partner with Mifflin Township and the city of Columbus on this training initiative," said Dottie Franey, Gahanna service director. "This invaluable training will help to improve the safety of our firefighters and to assist them in being able to respond to a variety of situations they encounter on a daily basis."

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