History

Uniontown (originally named "Union") was founded in 1816 by Elias Benner and Thomas Albert.  It was the 11th town created in Stark County.  Uniontown is now an unincorporated area of Lake Township in Stark County, Ohio.

Our local historian, Bruce Heisler (1932-2014), published a book in 2013 entitled "Uniontown As I Remember It, My Hometown 1932-2013, Greatest Place on Earth."  He explains the first firehouse was in a small building near the southwest corner of Cleveland Ave and Edison (St. Rt. 619).  Here is an excerpt from his book:

"It was about the size of a two-car garage with a basement (a coal furnace was there).  There was on truck, I believe it was a 1930 Chevrolet.  In the 1940's, the township trustees built a bigger cement block building on this land.  We had the old tanker and a new pumper.  A little later, Henry Pressler and Monroe Shick built a 750-gallon tanker.  The building was added onto again and in 1953 we got an emergency truck.  It was used as a pumper and an ambulance.  At one time, due to shortage of men, the Ladies Auxiliary was trained to drive and operate the trucks.  At that time, if you were sixteen you could join the U.V.F.D.  If the fire siren blew during the school day, we were allowed to leave school and go fight the fire."

In 1915, the Uniontown Men's Welfare League was formed.  This was the organization that eventually became the Uniontown Fireman's Club, which incorporated in 1948 as a 501 (c) (3).  An amendment was filed in 1950, and we formally became Uniontown Fire Department; we are a non-profit fire company.

In the late 1960's, the department began a fundraising effort to build a new fire station.  This effort helped build the building we use today.  The new building held a Dedication and Open House on June 7th, 1970; Bruce Heisler was the Master of Ceremonies, Harold Glass was the Fire Chief. 

 

In 2000, we started staffing with Part-time personnel and in 2002 we added Full-time 24 hour staffing.  We constructed an addition to our building in 2012, adding 4 additional bays and living quarters to better accommodate 24 hour staffing. 

 

Other past Chiefs, according to Mr. Heisler, were George Moore, Henry Pressler, Kenny Martin, Harold Glass, Bill Pressler, Ken Hosey, Bob Feigert, Scott Mitchell, Bill Allgood, and Larry Hartley.  The current Fire Chief is Tom Wiles.

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