Departments

Fire & Rescue - Administration


Chief Charles W. Shalenberger

Chief Charles W. Shalenberger started in 1984 with the Plain Township Fire and Rescue Department as a Volunteer Fire Fighter. In 1992 he was hired as a full time Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2001, he was promoted to Shift Commander Captain, and became Deputy Chief of the department in 2012. He has lived in Plain Township since early childhood and is a graduate of Glen Oak High School and Akron University.

He is a state certified Fire Inspector and EMS/ Fire Instructor and also teaches at Stark State Fire School. Chief Shalenberger is an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and teaches CPR classes for residents, township employees and local businesses. He has attended many national and state fire courses. He also serves on committees with Plain Local schools and other county Agencies. Chief Shalenberger is responsible for managing the department which provides fire, EMS –rescue services, fire and safety educational programs to the residents and visitors of Plain Township.

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Deputy Chief William Reed Jr.

Deputy Chief Reed started in 1984 with the Plain Township Fire and Rescue Department as a Volunteer Fire Fighter. In 1989 he was hired as a full time Dispatcher and later that same year promoted to full-time Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2001, he was promoted to Shift Commander Captain, and became Deputy Chief of the department on January 1, 2017. He has lived in Plain Township since early childhood and is a graduate of Glen Oak High School, Stark State College, and Malone University.

Bill is a state certified Fire Instructor and EMS Instructor that teaches at Stark State College. He also is an American Heart Association CPR Instructor that teaches CPR classes for residents, township employees, and local businesses. Bill is a regular attendee of many national and state fire courses. He is a committee member for Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, Great Pumpkin Race for Special Olympics, and Boy Scout Troop 127. Deputy Chief Reed is responsible for assisting in managing a department which provides Fire & EMS Rescue services, as well as, Fire Safety educational programs to the residents and visitors of Plain Township.

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Deputy Chief Dave Kraft

Deputy Chief Dave Kraft started his career as a volunteer in 1968 with the Plain Township Avondale Fire Station. In 1971 he was promoted to Captain and in 1973 to Assistant Chief at the Avondale Station. In 1974 he was instrumental in bringing the first hydraulic tools (Jaws of Life) to Plain Township. He was promoted to Plain Township Assistant Chief in the early 80's. Today he serves as a part-time Deputy Chief. He continues to play an integral role in training and fire ground operations.

Deputy Chief Kraft graduated from Glenwood High School and Mt. Union College. He is a lifelong resident of Plain Township. He has two sons and six grandchildren.


Rebecca Shafer- Fire Executive Assistant

Rebecca Shafer was hired in 2016; She serves the Fire Department as the Fire Department Executive Assistant.

Her illustrative duties include administrative duties for the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion and Fire Prevention Bureau. Rebecca assists with all public relations and communications related to the Fire Department, facilitates and maintains the administration of billing, maintains supply inventory, assists with public outreach, seminars and workshops and other functions directly related to the fire department.

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Fire Department Administration
1742 Schneider St NE
Canton, Ohio 44721

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Non-Emergency & Business:
(330) 492-4089

Emergency:
(911) or (330) 492-2411

EMS Billing Questions:
firedept@plaintownship.com

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