One side of the new EMS building houses a bedroom, a bathroom, a mini kitchen and a lounge area for the personnel who will staff it. The other side provides storage for a new ambulance.

One side of the new EMS building houses a bedroom, a bathroom, a mini kitchen and a lounge area for the personnel who will staff it. The other side provides storage for a new ambulance.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


New EMS building opens to serve southern part of township

Southwest quadrant has nearly 50% of the township’s population

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 29, 2021

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The southwest portion of Oakland Township has a new emergency medical services building that officials said will provide lifesaving services to the community.

“This building represents a unique delivery of both a private and public commitment to public safety,” said Oakland Township Supervisor Dominic Abbate.

Oakland Township Manager Adam Kline said the new building, located at Adams and Silverbell roads, is a unique collaboration.

“It was an agreement between the township and the Moceri properties to build this as a donation, along with an ambulance,” Kline explained. “That allowed the rest of the property to be built.”

As part of an approved consent agreement between the township and Moceri Cos. regarding a collection of senior living developments in Oakland Township — from Blossom Ridge, at the corner of Adams and Dutton roads, to Blossom Springs, on the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads — Moceri Cos. agreed to build an ambulance facility on the site of Blossom Springs and donate a new emergency advanced life support vehicle to the township.

After Moceri donated and constructed the shell of the building, it was up to the township to build out the interior of the space, which houses storage for the ambulance, as well as a bedroom, a bathroom, a mini kitchen and a lounge area for the personnel who will staff it. Kline said the township hired Moceri to complete its portion of the project, which he said came in under the $200,000 budget.

“The building represents an official extension of our fire services in an important area of the township,” Abbate said.

Township officials and fire personnel, and representatives from Moceri Cos., gathered at the new EMS building April 23 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Officials said the new facility, ambulance and equipment will provide greater flexibility for the timely dispatch of lifesaving personnel to the southwest quadrant of the township.

“The southwest quadrant of Oakland Township has nearly 50% of the township’s population,” Dominic J. Moceri said during the event. “For decades, this area relied on mutual aid from our neighboring communities to assist in serving EMS calls within the six-minute regulated response time. Now, Oakland Township residents in the southwest sector can have EMS response times cut in half — every second counts — and now, Oakland Township can provide mutual aid to our neighbors, Rochester Hills to the south and Orion Township to the west.”

The Oakland Township Fire Department currently has two full-service fire stations — Station One, at 4395 Collins Road, and Station Two, at 1888 Rochester Road. The new EMS building, at 3215 Silverbell Road, will serve the southwest portion of the city, which Oakland Township Fire Chief Paul Strelchuk said is the most densely populated area in the township.

“Now, having an ambulance here will help with our response time and mutual aid,” he explained.

 Strelchuk said his goal is to have two to three firefighters or EMS personnel staff the facility 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

“The property and the building will be operated under a 100-year lease at no cost to the township,” Abbate added.

For more information, call (248) 656-4717 or visit oaklandtownship.org.

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