Meet the Stark FDRU Volunteers

Steve Clark


A retired firefighter with over 20 years experience. Steve founded Stark FDRU in 2012 to provide support services to emergency personnel in Stark and all adjoining counties.  Steve holds certification as an EMR, Rehab Specialist, past FF and EMT-B as well as certifications in S.T.A.R.T. program, fire investigation, hazmat, active shooter, CPR and AED. As Chief, Steve sets the vision for the organization and provides leadership and administration in the delivery of its services.

Chris Wendell


Chris is employed with Global Tyre Solutions.  He joined Stark FDRU in 2015 after seven (7) years’ with the Brown Township Fire Department.  His training includes Hazmat Operations, Confined Space, Ice and Water Rescue and Hovercraft.  He holds 36 hours of fire credentials and also holds certifications as a Rehab Specialist, S.T.A.R.T. Program as well as CPR and AED. 

James Joseph


James is active with the Nimishillen Township Volunteer Fire Department.  He joined Stark FDRU in 2013 with 24 years’ firefighting experience which included three and one-half (3 1/2) years with Plain Township.   He holds 120 hours and FFI credentials as well as certifications as a Rehab Specialist, S.T.A.R.T. Program, Water Rescue, Hazmat, CPR and AED.

Eric Foutz


Eric is employed with Valco Equipment as an Operations/Parts Manager and also as a CenCom Dispatcher.    Eric joined FDRU in 2017 Eric and holds 240 FFII and EMT-B credentials. Eric also holds certifications as a Rehab Specialist as well as in CPR and AED.

Kyle Ossler


Kyle is employed with the Louisville Fire Department and is a certified FFII, and EMT-B.  Kyle joined FDRU in 2016 and holds 240 FFII credentials and certifications as a Rehab Specialist as well as in CPR, AED and Hazmat Operations.

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Bill Toulson

Assistant Chief

Bill is currently employed as an Adult Education Instructor for Canton City Schools.  Joining Stark FDRU in 2012, he has prior fire company experience with the Perry Township Fire Department and was Chief of the Navarre Fire Department.  Bill holds credentials as an EMS Instructor, Fire Safety Inspector, EVOC Instructor, 240 FFII and EMT-B and holds certification as a Rehab Specialist, S.T.A.R.T  Program, CPR and AED.  He has also completed training in, Fire Officer I and Hazmat Tech.

Cathy Hart


Cathy is retired.  As Secretary of Stark FDRU, Cathy provides vital administrative support to the organization while at the same time she can also be found onsite supporting firefighters and her fellow volunteers.  Cathy joined Stark FDRU in 2015 bringing support service experience as part of the Bethlehem Auxiliary and has served as Secretary of the Stark County Firefighters Association for over 30 years.  She is certified as a Rehab Specialist, S.T.A.R.T. Program Participant, and has completed CPR and AED training.

Bob Kinser


Bob is employed with Miller Weldmaster.  An EMT for more than 30 years, He joined FDRU in 2014 with over 40 years firefighting and EMT experience with the Beloit Department, Nimishillen Fire Department and the Timken Company Fire Department.  Bob is a former Red Cross CPR Instructor and his current training includes Confined Spaces. He holds EMT-B, 36 hour fire and 120 hour FFI credentials, and is certified as a Rehab Specialist and S.T.A.R.T. Program Participant, as well as in CPR and AED.

Robert Jenkins


Robert is a retired RN and is a certified RN, and  past EMT-P. Robert also held paramedic instructor credentials. Joining FDRU in 2017, he has prior firefighting and EMT-P experience with Plain Township Fire Department and North Canton Volunteer Fire Department as well as EMT-P experience with Cleveland EMS.  Robert holds certifications as a Rehab Specialist as well as in CPR and AED.

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About Stark FDRU

We are a volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) fire company comprised of retired and current firefighters dedicated to providing fire ground support services to emergency management personnel across Stark County and the surrounding communities.


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