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Chief John Hoovler
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, six girls and two boys.
In his spare time he enjoys farming and raising beef cattle and occasionally going camping.
Assistant Chief Jack Rupp
Assistant Chief Rupp has over 30 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.
In 2002, the Plain Township Board of Trustees approved hiring him into the Assistant Fire Chief position. Asst. Chief Rupp currently oversees operations, training, fire prevention and EMS billing. He assists the Fire Chief with 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.
Asst. 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.