Orion Township Fire Department Begins Advanced Life Support Service 

Orion Township Fire Department Begins Advanced Life Support Service 

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISOR 

CHRIS BARNETT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: John Pender 248-391-0304 ext. 2002 

jpender@oriontownship.org 

Orion Township Fire Department Begins Advanced Life Support Service 

Orion Township, MI (June 12, 2021) – Effective June 12, 2021 at 0800hrs, Orion Township Fire  Department will begin Advanced Life Support services. The transition from Basic Life Support  (BLS) to Advanced Life Support (ALS) is years in the making, and included the purchasing of  additional apparatus, specialized equipment, and medications, and the hiring and training of full-time  paramedics.  

“We are able to make this transition from BLS to ALS because of everyone’s hard work and dedication  at the OTFD” said Orion Township Fire Chief Rob Duke. “I also want to thank the Board of Trustee’s  for their unwavering support to the community and the support for the Fire Department, without which  this process would not be realized.” 

Advanced Life Support is a set of life-saving protocols and skills that extend beyond Basic Life Support.  It is used to provide urgent treatment to cardiac emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke, and other  conditions. Paramedics qualified to provided ALS are trained and authorized to administer medication,  perform injections, and conduct airway procedures prior to arrival at a hospital. 

Up until now, Orion Township Fire Department was Basic Life Support and partnered with other  municipal agencies and Star EMS for Advanced Life Support. While effective in the past, the reliance  on a third-party for this critical level of care was becoming unsustainable. Now, Orion Township  paramedics will be able to provide this critical care from the moment of first arrival, greatly reducing the  time between the onset of the medical event and the start of critical care, which will increase survival  rates of sudden cardiac arrests and other emergencies for Orion Township residents. 

“We have seen tremendous growth in the professionalism and capacity of our Fire Department” said Chris Barnett, Township Supervisor. “Over the past many years, we have grown from a paid on-call  department to a full-time department, now to an ALS department. I am incredibly proud of the OTFD  team, under the leadership of Chief Duke, Assistant Chief Pender and EMS Coordinator Cameron, who  have dedicated countless hours to making this happen, and further thank the Orion Township  community who has shown the Fire Department their support through the passage of a dedicated Fire  Millage, which has allowed this advancement to be possible.” 

For more information on the Fire Department’s efforts in becoming ALS, please reach out to Assistant  Chief John Pender at jpender@oriontownship.org, and stay tuned for more information on this year’s  Fire Department Open House, where the community is invited to explore the Fire Department apparatus  and meet with the men and women who serve the community. 

Orion Chamber Food Truck Festival on June 4

Orion Chamber Food Truck Festival on June 4

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The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their very first Food Truck Festival on June 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Orion Center.

There will be ten food trucks, a beer garden, live music, kids activities and (limited) Chamber member vendor/exhibiter spots. The event will be free and open to the public.

Participating food trucks include:

The Grilled Wrap

Hole Latte Dough

Motor City Street Treats

Motor City Sweet Treats

Mr. Pit Master BBQ

PizzaPazza

Sabor Latino

Sonny’s Hamburgers

Tacos Te Amo

Treat Dreams

For more information visit www.orionareachamber.com/food-truck-festival. — M.K.

PLANNING COMMISSION HOSTING MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSE

PLANNING COMMISSION HOSTING MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSE

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISOR 

CHRIS BARNETT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Tammy Girling May 27, 2021 Phone: (248) 391-0304 ext. 5000 tgirling@oriontownship.org 

ORION TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION HOSTING MASTER PLAN  OPEN HOUSE TO SECURE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INPUT 

Orion Township, MI Orion Township’s Planning Commission is hosting an open  house for the public to secure additional input from citizens for an update of the  community’s Master Plan, which was last completed in 2017. The open house is  taking place on Wednesday, June 16, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Orion Center, 1335  Joslyn Rd. 

The open house is but one of several opportunities for residents to provide input  on the Orion Township Master Plan. This spring, an online survey was conducted,  and a second open house will take place in the fall. 

“Our Master Plan acts as a guide for future development decisions in our  Township,” said Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett. “The Planning  Commission and Board of Trustees refer to it when evaluating proposals from  developers and others. Our goal is to address the ever-growing needs of our  residents while maintaining the charm of our community as much as possible.” 

The open house will feature various stations, each highlighting a section of the  Master Plan, including community demographics, land use, transportation  (motorized and non-motorized), housing, and natural features. Each station will be  staffed by a member of the Planning Commission, who will facilitate discussions  with community members. The meeting also will feature an exercise where  community members will priority rank potential projects being considered by Orion  Township’s leadership. 

“We hope to see a large number of people at the open house,” said Planning  Commission Chairman Scott Reynolds. “One of the best ways for us to secure the  ideas and thoughts from our fellow residents is through events like this. We’ll  closely review all of the feedback we receive, as we complete the update of the  Master Plan during the next several months.” 

Community members also will be able to provide feedback on the information  shared in the open house stations online, via a link found at the Orion Township  website, OrionTownship.org/MasterPlan. This link will be active from June 16  through June 21. 

The regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting on June 16 will take place  a half hour after the close of the open house, starting at 7 p.m., featuring in person public attendance. 

Independence Village celebrated National Armed Forces Day

Independence Village celebrated National Armed Forces Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 19, 2021

Independence Village of Oxford celebrated National Armed Forces Day with a luncheon

Independence Village is currently home to 20 veterans 

Brighton, Mich. — Independence Village of Oxford honored their veteran residents and wives with a special luncheon. The staff wanted to recognize all of those who have served the country on National Armed Forced Day. Jerry Bambousek is among the 20 veterans that live at the community. Jerry was in the Airforce in 1948 and was stationed in New Mexico. He and his wife Jackie attended the luncheon and said, “We thought it was so nice to be able to sit with other Veterans and socialize and be honored with a wonderful lunch.” The culinary team made beef roulade with gremolata and fresh greens, smoked gouda mashed potatoes, broccolini, and a patriotic sundae for dessert. 

Independence Village of Oxford offers independent living and enhanced living services. Unique to Independence Village, enhanced living is an “in-between” service offering that included all the benefits of independent living plus personalized care services for those who benefit from extra support.

Independence Village of Oxford is located at 701 Market Street in Oxford. To learn more about Independence Village, call 248-236-8300.

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RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE PLAYFUL DRAGON Pocket Park

RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE PLAYFUL DRAGON Pocket Park

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISOR 

CHRIS BARNETT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenny Bhatti 248-391-0304 ext. 1003 

jbhatti@oriontownship.org 

ORION TOWNSHIP HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE  

PLAYFUL DRAGON 

What: Orion Township holds ribbon cutting event in celebration of the opening of the Playful  Dragon Pocket Park. 

Who: The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event. Weather permitting, Menchie  from Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will join in the celebration! 

When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 

11:30 a.m. 

Where: Baldwin and Jordan Roads. 

Parking is available along Jordan Road or in Menchie’s parking lot. Please do not park at  La-Z-Boy. 

Why: Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett and Parks & Recreation Director Aaron  Whatley are excited to extend this invitation to the community so we may celebrate  together the opening of the new Playful Dragon Pocket Park. The Playful Dragon Pocket  Park is one of soon to be two Pocket Parks located along the newly transformed Baldwin  Road corridor. This unique statute/playspace was made possible in part with a $65,000  Play Everywhere Challenge grant from KaBOOM! and the Built to Play initiative  supported by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, in addition to $65,000 of in-kind work  and materials provided by Pulte. 

Contact: For additional information please contact Jenny Bhatti, 248-391-0304, ext. 1003,  jbhatti@oriontownship.org