Stark FDRU's Mission

The Stark Fire Department Rehab Unit (FDRU) provides critical ground support services to fire departments and other emergency respondents during emergency response situations.  The organization's mission is to provide for the health, safety and comfort of firemen and other emergency personnel when responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Our History

Stark FDRU was started in 2012 after a major fire in Alliance left the Alliance Fire Department with personnel dispatched for 18 hours without provisions.  Steve Clark, a retired Nimishillen Township firefighter, and a volunteer team of emergency management professionals worked to establish Stark FDRU to fill this critical void. 


In 2012, Stark FDRU was dispatched for three (3) calls.  Each year, the number of calls increased as additional fire companies in our service area learned of Stark FDRU.  In only four (4) short years later, that number increased twenty-fold to sixty (60) calls in 2016.

With each passing year, this volunteer led and staffed fire company has grown adding to its fleet, equipment and resources and expanding the area in which it operates.  Committed to the safety and effectiveness of it mission, the volunteers investing countless hours in training and development in the areas of of the volunteer.

Today, in addition to supporting firefighters, Stark FDRU units respond to disasters that require long-term operations such as Hazmat incidents, and water rescues.

Some of the high points  of our story over the past six (6) years can be found in the timeline to the right.

Our History in Photos


Stark FDRU add Unit #777 to its fleet increasing the number of trucks available for dispatch to three (3) and additional additional services to emergency response personnel.  For more details on this unit's capabilities, please visit the Our Services & Equipment page. 


Stark FDRU supported divers and other emergency management personnel at a water rescue and recovery in Summit County.


The "Gator" joined the list of the resources Stark FDRU has available to assist emergency management personnel in off-road search and rescue.


Stark FDRU establishes a presence in its second location in Massillon, OH and Unit #771 is placed into service from that location.  


Stark FDRU officially begins operations on January 1, 2013 and within the first week responds to calls in Alliance and Lewisville.


After a fire in Alliance, where the Alliance Fire Department had personnel dispatched for 18 hours without provisions, retired Nimishillen Township firefighter, Steve Clark and a team of volunteers started Stark FDRU with the simple mission of protecting the health and safety of firefighters and emergency management personnel while on the ground.  In 2012, Stark FDRU responded to three events.

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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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