Department Overview

Areas Served

Areas Served

  • Plain Township within Franklin county
  • City of New Albany within Franklin County
  • City of New Albany in Licking County is served by Monroe Township Fire Department and West Licking Fire District
  • Plain Township Fire Department participates in automatic response agreements with surrounding departments.

Services Provided

  • Fire
  • Rescue
  • EMS
  • Prevention and Safety
  • Inspections
  • Provides members to Central Ohio Strike Team
  • Services Funded By
    Property Tax (which includes the Village, but not income tax)
  • Personal Property Tax
  • EMS Billing
  • Grants
  • Donations

ISO Rating

The Department currently holds an Insurance Services (ISO) rating of 2 in all areas covered by fire hydrants, which is considered a premium rate by insurance companies. All non-hydrant areas hold a rating of 2y. Of the approximately 46,000 fire departments in the U.S., less than 1,600 have a Class 2 rating or better.  The ISO process is a ten-part survey and inspection of the fire departments record keeping, dispatching, operations, equipment, staffing, training and availability of fire hydrants.  The Trustees and the Department are committed to providing the best possible services. ​

Mission Statement

“Serving our community with pride and professionalism for your peace of mind.”

Fire Department History

In the late 1980’s, Plain Township officials realized that their fire station, built in 1945 was having difficulty keeping up with the increasing needs of the Plain Township community. The Township Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in February of 1994 to place a .85-mil bond issue before the community. Thanks to the support of the community construction began in October of 1996 and was completed in August of 1997 for the current Plain Township Fire Department located at 9500 Johnstown Road. The fire station is designed to house 12 fire fighters per shift per day, administrative offices, records, training facilities, and apparatus.

The Plain Township Fire Department services the City of New Albany and the surrounding township. Services are provided to the MORPC estimated 13,000 village and township residents, in addition to the business and school campuses. The New Albany School system serves over 5,000 students. There are approximately 300 + businesses and an estimated 13,000 employees commuting into the business park daily. The area of the township is 20 Square miles.

In addition to the increased population growth associated with the residential and commercial construction the department must address the size of residential structures and plan for staffing, tactics and equipment in a proactive approach. In other communities the average new home is 2,000-3,000 square feet. However, in New Albany, a large number of homes are over 5,000 square feet and some as large as 10,000 square feet. The department must also address the increased number of community events offered and the large number of patrons that attend.

Since 2000, the EMS runs have increased 87% and the Fire/Rescue runs have increased 40%.

The City of Columbus provides water and sanitary services to the City of New Albany. The City of New Albany’s 1000 plus fire hydrants are inspected and operated twice a year by Plain Township Firefighters. When temperatures go below freezing they are checked monthly. Most of the unincorporated areas of the Township are non-hydrant districts.

Under the new annexation law a portion of Plain Township has been incorporated in the City of Columbus. That area will receive fire protection from both Columbus and Plain Township. Dispatching services for fire and EMS are dispatched through the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center for Mifflin Township, Jefferson Township, Plain Township, Violet Township, Truro Township, the City of Whitehall and the State Fire Marshal’s Investigations Bureau.

The daily staffing of the fire department averages 11 fulltime firefighter/paramedics cross- staffing an engine, ladder, medics and a command vehicle. The Plain Township Fire Department continues to utilize the department’s master plan to strategically meet the needs of a growing community.

The people of Plain Township and New Albany have given their support over the years by approving operating levies as they were placed on the ballots. Hundreds of citizens have served as volunteer firefighters since our beginning in 1943. It would not be possible to name them all, but we sincerely thank each and every one of them for their service and the constant community support.

Township Fire Station 121

Construction for Station 121 began in October of 1996 and was completed in August of 1997. The Plain Township Fire Department is located at 9500 Johnstown Road. The fire station is designed to house 12 fire fighters per 24-hour shift, administrative offices, records, training facilities, and apparatus.

The station also features a Decon room andseparate laundry facilities for daily uniforms and fire gear maintenance.

Each on duty firefighter is assigned an individual bunk room.

EMS/Fire Run Statistics

The Plain Township Fire Department provides Fire and EMS emergency services to Plain Township and the City of New Albany. 
Click on the following link for a PDF of EMS and Fire Run Statistics.

2021 Plain Township Fire Department Emergency Run Statistics

 

 

 

PTFD Fire Chief

Fire Chief, Jack Rupp

Chief Rupp was promoted to the position of Fire Chief for the Plain Township Fire Department on July 23, 2020 upon the retirement of Fire Chief John Hoovler. In addition, Chief Rupp was inducted into the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame for receiving the 2020 State of Ohio Distinguished Fire Service Award.

Chief Rupp joined the Plain Township Fire Department in 2002, as Assistant Fire Chief.

Chief Rupp oversees operations, training, fire prevention and EMS billing, human resource management, planning and budgeting. He chairs the operations board for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center (MECC) and is on the advisory group for the Central Ohio Strike Team (Ohio Region 4 USAR). Chief Rupp is a member of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association and serves on a number of state committees. In addition Chief Rupp has served on the Ohio EMS Board and is a founding Board Member for the FCFF / Grant Medical Center Paramedic Program and still serves on that Advisory Board.

Fire Chief Rupp has over 45 years of fire service experience. Serving Madison Township in Franklin County for over 27 years. During that time he served as a Firefighter / Paramedic, EMS Officer, Company Officer, Battalion Commander and Executive Officer.

Chief Rupp's educational background includes both formal and technical training. He is a certified paramedic, public safety instructor, fire safety inspector and hazmat technician.

He and his wife Carol, have three sons and a daughter. All three sons have chosen careers in the fire service.

PTFD Assistant Fire Chief

Assistant Fire Chief, Patrick T. Connor

Chief Connor is a 28-year veteran of the Newark, OH Fire Department. Throughout his career, he has been assigned to nearly every position the department offered.

Notably, he served on the Hazardous Materials Response and Dive and Rescue Teams. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, Captain in 2007, Assistant Chief in 2012, and Fire Chief in 2015. He is a certified paramedic and spent 4 years as a flight paramedic locally as well.

Chief Connor  has an Associate’s degree in Fire/EMS technology from Hocking College and Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management and Leadership from Franklin University. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association’s Ohio Fire Executive Program OFE Class 15.

Chief Connor is a fire instructor, fire inspector (CFSI), Credentialed Ohio Fire Chief OFC, Arson investigator, Haz-Mat Technician, swift water and rope technician, and open water diver. He is most proud of his time in the United States ARMY Reserves from 1991-1999.

He is a past President of the Licking County Fire Chiefs Association and serves on three local public safety educational advisory committees. He is a member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In 2009, he received the Mayor’s Commendation Life Saving Award and is a recipient of the American Legion Post #804 Firefighter of the Year 2008-2009.

When not working, he enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and softball. He has been married to his wife Kelly for 24 years and they have 3 wonderful children; Bryson, Chase, Regan and granddaughter, Avery.

Chief Connor  plans on continuing his career for several more years.

PTFD Operations: Battalion Chiefs

Battalion Chief Kevin Sponaugle

1 Unit

Battalion Chief Kevin Sponaugle was the Valedictorian of the New Albany High School graduating class of 1989, and holds an Associates of Technical Studies in EMS & Fire Science from Columbus State Community College. Kevin joined the department as a volunteer firefighter in the summer of 1990 while attending The Ohio State University. He was hired fulltime in January 1992, and received his Ohio Paramedic certification that same year from Columbus State Community College. Kevin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 1995, and promoted to the rank of Captain in August 2005. He was honored with the Firefighter of the Year award in 1999. Kevin is certified as a Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor, and EMS Continuing Education Instructor. Kevin is also an OPOTA certified law enforcement officer, and has been proudly serving as an Auxilliary Deputy Sheriff with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office since June 1997. In his spare time, Kevin volunteers with the Gahanna Special Olympics group, where he helps coach the Bowling and Track & Field teams. Kevin resides in Reynoldsburg with his wife and 3 of his 4 children.

 

Battalion Chief Travis Dudley

2 Unit

Battalion Chief Dudley has 31 years of fire service experience with 28 years dedicated to Plain Township Fire Department. In 1991, his career started in Genoa Township as a volunteer and continued until being hired by Plain Township in 1995. Over the years, he has progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and Captain in 2013.

Chief Dudley graduated from Westerville North High School and Northwest Career Center in 1991 where he obtained his Firefighter 2 certification. He continued his education at Columbus State Community College where he obtained his Basic EMT and Paramedic Certifications. Hehas an Associate Degree in Applied Science and an Associate Degree in Fire Science, both from his time at Columbus State Community College. Chief Dudley holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. He currently resides in Westerville with his wife Heidi and has three daughters: Taylor, Brooke, and Jamie.

Battalion Chief Greg Ecleberry

3 Unit

Battalion Chief Gregory Ecleberry has 28 years of fire service experience. BC Ecleberry served as a firefighter/paramedic for Newark Township(Newark OH) and Franklin Township(Columbus OH) prior to being hired by Plain Township in 1995. BC Ecleberry was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and Captain in 2005, and has served as the Plain Township fire training officer since 2001.

BC Ecleberry is a fire service instructor of 16 years and teaches officer development and firefighter training at CTEC and served on the Ohio Fire Chiefs training and education committee. BC Ecleberry has an associate degree in Fire Science and EMS, a bachelor’s degree in public safety management, and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive class 7.

BC Ecleberry resides in New Albany with his wife Amy and two sons Andrew and Brandon.

 

 

 

 

PTFD Operations: Captains

Captain Brian Reasoner

1 Unit

Captain Brian Reasoner graduated from Grandview High School in 1998. He went on to earn his Paramedic Certification and Firefighter Two Certification from Columbus State Community College as well as completing his certification as a Rescue Technician. Brian began his career as a part time firefighter with Plain Township Fire Department in 2002. He also worked part time with Washington Township Fire until he became a full time Firefighter/Paramedic with Plain Township. Brian is also a Paramedic Preceptor instructor with Columbus State as well as a CPR instructor.

 

 

 

 

Captain Chris Pabst

2 Unit

Captain Pabst resides in Gahanna Ohio with his wife and two children. He is a 1996 graduate of Northland High School. He obtained his firefighter certification from the Northwest Career Center in 1996 and his Paramedic certification from the Franklin County Firefighters Paramedic program at Grant Medical Center in 1999.

Captain Pabst began his fire service career with Plain Township in July 1997 as a part-time firefighter and was hired full time in February 2001. In addition to Plain Township Lt Pabst has worked at Clinton Township as a firefighter/paramedic, St. Albans Township as a firefighter/paramedic, and Truro Township as a firefighter/paramedic. He is currently an adjunct fire instructor at Columbus State Community College.
Captain Pabst is a fire instructor, rescue technician, member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, and fire investigator.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, hunting, and watching sports.

 

Captain Todd Moore

3 Unit

Captain Todd Moore was born and raised in Johnstown, Ohio and is a 1990 graduate from Johnstown-Monroe High School. He started his firefighting career in 1992 with the Johnstown Volunteer Fire Department. That same year he obtained his Firefighter II Certification and then his Paramedic Certification in 1995. In 1997, Todd began working full-time at the Jerome Township Fire Department while also working as a part time firefighter with Plain Township.  In 2001, He transitioned to a full-time career firefighter with the Plain Township Fire Department.

Captain Moore is a Certified Rescue Technician, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector and a member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, Region 4. In addition, he holds Fire Officer I and II certifications.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, coaching baseball, and vacationing with family in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Captain Moore resides in Johnstown with his wife Liz and their two children, Makayla and Dylan.

PTFD Operations: Lieutenants

Lieutenant Jason Moore

1 Unit

Lieutenant Jason Moore first moved to central Ohio in 1998 to attend Denison University in Granville. While attending Denison University Jason was a 4-year letter winner on the football team and began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Granville Volunteer Fire Department. After graduating with his BA in History he was a junior high social studies teacher while completing his paramedic program and garnishing additional experience as a part time firefighter for both West Licking Fire Department and the Marysville Division of Fire.

Jason became a full time Firefighter/Paramedic for the Plain Township Fire Department in 2004. He has continuously displayed a passion for training and became a fire instructor to pass along his knowledge and experience. As a Rescue Technician and Structural Collapse Specialist Jason serves as the Assistant Team Leader of the Central Ohio Strike Team (COST) since 2013. Jason has held an administrative and command role in several COST regional deployments for assistant to other communities such as the 2019 Dayton tornado disaster, a 2019 parking garage collapse in Cincinnati and the most recent 2020 deployment to the power plant collapse in Adams County Ohio. Jason is senior Lieutenant at the Plain Township Fire Department and oversees all fire station maintenance and repairs.

When not at the firehouse, Jason enjoys spending time on his family’s black angus farm in southern Ohio. He attended the Save A Warrior program and serves as a mentor to other first responders and military veterans suffering from PTSD. Jason also owns and operates a small BBQ catering business and excavating business.

Jason’s beautiful wife is a Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and they reside in Carrol, Ohio with their son and soon to be daughter.

Lieutenant Mark Powell

2 Unit

Lieutenant Mark Powell is a 2001 graduate of Newark Catholic High School. He started his career at Plain Township Fire Department in 2007. During his tenure at the department, Mark has served as a member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, earned his Rescue Technician Certification, and completed the Ohio Fire Academy’s Fire Officer 1 program.

He serves as a mentor for incoming firefighters and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2016. Prior to his service at Plain Township, he was employed as a firefighter at Central Ohio Joint Fire District, Newark Township and Jefferson Township fire Departments. Mark resides in Granville with his wife Heather and son Reed.

 

Acting Lieutenant Beau Zierk

2 Unit

Acting Lieutenant Zierk graduated from Bishop Hartley High School in 1997, then proceeded to graduate from THE Ohio State University with a BA in Criminology and Sociology in 2002. In 2005 he completed his Fire I and II training at the Ohio Fire Academy and was hired on at Mifflin Township in 2007. He then earned his Paramedic certificate and Associates of Fire Science degree, through Columbus State, in 2009. Acting Lieutenant Zierk began his career with Plain Township in 2010, where he was assigned to Two unit and has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award (2013) and Chief's Award (2018).

During his career, he has attended BGSU for his Certified Rescue Technician, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I and II and is enrolled for Live Fire Instructor. He is also a Hazardous Material Technician from the OFA. Acting Lieutenant Zierk is currently an active member of the Central Ohio Strike Team (COST) Region 4. Beau also precepts Paramedic students at Columbus State Community College and at local hospitals.

Beau married his beautiful wife, Dr. Cassondra Zierk, in 2011 and they live together in Gahanna with their 3 children: Xander, Ethan and Valerie. On his free time, he enjoys helping coach his boys' soccer teams and spending time with his family while being an active member in his church, in New Albany.

 

Lieutenant Joe Herren

3 Unit

Lieutenant Joe Herren is a 2003 graduate of Centerburg High School. He began his journey in the fire service in 2005 when he completed the Firefighter I, II, and EMT- Basic programs at the Delaware Area Career Center. In 2007, Joe was hired by the Central Ohio Joint Fire District where he proudly served in a part time role.

In 2008, Joe completed the EMT-Paramedic program at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, Ohio and was also hired part time by the Plain, Mifflin, and Jefferson Township Fire Departments. In 2009, Joe was hired full time by the Mifflin Township Fire Department and later that year transitioned to full time with the Plain Township Fire Department.

He has completed the Fire Officer I program through the Ohio Fire Academy as well as the Fire Instructor I and II, and Certified Rescue Tech programs through Bowling Green State University. In the near future, Lieutenant Herren plans to pursue a degree in Fire Administration. He resides in Centerburg with his wife Lorin and three daughters: Abigail, Graycen, and Samantha.

PTFD: Prevention

Terry Guthrie, Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal Terry Guthrie began his career in the fire service as a volunteer in rural Holmes County in September of 1990. His fire and EMS training has progressed from the volunteer firefighter to a career firefighter and paramedic.

He has continued his education to include the state certified fire safety inspector, fire safety educator, advanced level fire investigator, fire/EMS instructor, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Franklin University. He was hired as a part-time employee at the Plain Township Fire Department in 2001 and was sworn in as a full-time firefighter/paramedic in December of 2003.  On July 16th, 2007 he started a new position as the Fire Marshal of Plain Township in New Albany, Ohio and has responsibility in fire prevention education, fire code enforcement and fire cause/origin investigation.

 

Dan Gilmore, Fire Inspector


Inspector Gilmore is a 22-year veteran of the Plain Township Fire Department.

Dan started his path in fire/EMS by joining his local volunteer fire department in Kingston, Ohio, in 1992, where he worked towards gaining his professional firefighter and Paramedic certifications. Prior to employment with Plain Township, Dan worked for the Deerfield Township Fire Department near Mason, Ohio.

Inspector Gilmore was hired part time by the Plain Township Fire Department in 1998 and became a fulltime firefighter/paramedic in 2000.

Dan achieved his State Certified Fire Inspector certification in 2010 and became one of the first fire inspectors for Green Township in Ross County, Ohio.

Inspector Gilmore served on 3 Unit as the engine operator and then ladder operator until his promotion. He was promoted to the position of Fire Inspector on July 7th, 2021, after the retirement of Inspector Hoffer.

Dan has been married to his wife Kami for 32 years and resides in Kingston in Ross County.  They have 4 children, David, Bethany, Nick, and Justin. When not serving the residents of Plain Township and New Albany, Dan enjoys camping, 4 wheeling his Jeep, playing the drums, building model railroads and being "Papaw" to his three granddaughters Haydan, Harper, and Emmy.

 

PTFD Retired

Fire Chief John Hoovler, Retired

Fire Chief John Hoovler started his fire career as a volunteer firefighter with Johnstown Fire Department in 1974.  He became a paramedic in 1978 and continued to volunteer until he was hired as Johnstown’s first fulltime firefighter in 1987. John has progressed through each position in the fire service including, firefighter/paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. In 1993 John took a part-time position at Worthington Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. John was hired in 1994, by Madison Township as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic and continued to work part-time at Worthington.

Oct 1994 he was sworn in as Fire Chief of the Plain Township Fire Department. He is married to his wife Kathleen and they have four daughters with eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys farming and raising beef cattle and occasionally going camping.

 

Captain Greg Myers, Retired

Captain Myers was a Plain Township resident. He graduated from Whitehall Yearling High School. Greg began his fire service as a volunteer with Plain Township in 1986. He received his paramedic certification from the Franklin County Firefighter/Grant Medical Center. Greg joined the department as a full-time firefighter in 1995. He has worked with West Licking and Basil Fire Department as a part-time firefighter, a part-time firefighter with Jefferson Fire Department, and as a Fire Safety Inspector.

 

Battalion Chief Joe Brown, Retired

Woody Hoffer, Fire Inspector, Retired

In Memory of Those Who Served

Captain James "Jim" Carney

November 15, 1972 - June 24, 2022

Captain Carney passed away on June 24, 2022

Captain Carney was born in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Fairfield Career Center with a certificate in Automotive Mechanics. Jim began his fire service career in 1992 with the Violet Township Fire Department. Jim completed the Franklin County Firefighters/Grant Medical Center Paramedic Education Program in 1994. He started with the Plain Township Fire Department in 1995. Jim was a hazardous materials technician, fire and bomb investigator, and Local Union President for the International Association of Firefighters Local 3850. Jim also worked as the Legislative Director for the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters. He graduated from Harvard Law School’s Trade Union Program in February of 2005.

Captain Carney will be greatly missed.

Firefighter Paramedic David "Beau" Schoener

July 8, 1977 - March 12, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, our brother, David “Beau” Schoener passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at his home. Beau was only 39 years old. 

Beau was an outstanding firefighter and paramedic. Throughout his career, Beau was recognized multiple times for his valor. He also selflessly served in the Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. Beau was dedicated to his family, friends, beloved Chelsea, and considered his 9-year-old son, Jake, his greatest gift and best accomplishment.

Beau's Legacy, The New Albany Firefighters Foundation

In 2017, the firefighters at Plain Township FD held their inaugural golf outing fundraiser to raise money for Beau’s son, Jake. This launched a larger goal to ensure not only a bright future for Beau’s son but to build a legacy for Beau that could touch the lives of many fire families in the future. Thanks to a very gracious community, the Foundation  raised over $45,000 in the first year. This tremendous volume of support helped  create the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation. This non-profit organization  allows us to continue helping Jake for many years to come, and will also serve as a vehicle to support other fire families in need. Additionally, we are establishing a scholarship for returning veterans interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter. Just as Beau gave selflessly to so many, the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation aims to follow his lead.

 

 

 

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