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Fire Department Overview

Welcome to the Orion Township Fire Department website. 

The Orion Township Fire Department is an all-hazard Fire Department that provides fire protection, emergency medical services (EMS) to the residents, businesses and visitors of both Orion Township and Lake Orion Village. The department operates out of four (4)  fire stations located throughout the community from which services are provided through a combination of career and paid-on-call firefighters.

Career personnel are assigned to one of three shifts that works 24 hours per shift. Each shift is staffed with six Firefighter/EMTs, some of whom are Paramedics. The department provides full-time staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

The Fire Department operates under the leadership of the Fire Chief and is supported by an Assistant Chief, Fire Marshal, EMS Coordinator,  three (3) Captains, three (3) Lieutenants and 12 firefighter/EMTs

In addition to emergency response, personnel conduct daily training sessions on all skills, knowledge, and abilities that are expected to be performed as Firefighter/EMTs. The department shares a strong belief  that the best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from ever happening. Through commitment to excellence, the Fire Department emphasizes a strong fire prevention program to better ensure the safety of the public.We also provide a variety of fire and life safety services including home and business inspections, fire cause and origin investigations, public education and outreach, child safety seat inspections, and community first aid and CPR.

As we continually strive to provide quality customer service and continual improvement, we would like to thank you, the residents and elected officials for the continued support of your Fire Department.

Please check back often for updated news, announcements, and additional information.

Administrative Staff    
Fire Chief Robert Duke, EFO, ext. 2001
Assistant Chief
John Pender, ext. 2005
Fire Marshal Jeffrey Williams, ext 2003
EMS Coordinator Lt. Chris LaGerould, ext 2002
Fire Inspectors Lt. David Ostertag, ext. 2000
Lt. Anton Roths, ext. 2000
Public Education Lt. Chris Hagan, ext. 2000
Office Coordinator
Sherri Bowers, ext. 2000
Phone Number
(248) 391-0304
Fax Number
(248) 309-6993 

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Fire Station Locations & Apparatus

Apparatus  Pump Size (gpm) Water Tank Capacity (gal)  Equipment Carried
Engine 12
1000'/4", Deck Guns, A/B Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, SCBA air packs, PPV Fan, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction for drafting water, 30 gal AFFF foam
Engine 13
1000'-4" LDH, Deck Gun, "B" Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, 2100 gal Folding Tank, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction
Apparatus Pump Size (gpm) Water Take Capacity (gal)  Equipment Carried
Engine 22
1000'/4", Deck Guns, A/B Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, SCBA air packs,  PPV Fan, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction for drafting water, 30 gals foam
Engine 23
1000' LDH, Deck Gun, "B" Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, 2100 gal Folding Tank,Ground Ladders, Hard Suction
Ladder 1 2000  300  100' aerial ladder, Carries 500'-4" LDH, Ground Ladders, Air packs
Apparatus Pump Size (gpm) Water Tank Capacity (gal) Equipment Carried
Engine 32
1000' LDH, Deck Guns, A/B Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, SCBA air packs, PPV Fan, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction for drafting water, 30 gal AFFF Foam
Engine 33 2000  1250 1000' LDH, Deck Gun, "B" Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator
Engine 23
2100 Gal Folding Tank, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction, 1000' LDH, Deck Gun, "B" Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator
Air 2 N/A N/A Mobile air fill station
Rescue 15 N/A N/A Basic Life Support Ambulance
Apparatus Pump Size (gpm) Water Tank Capacity (gal)  Equipment Carried
Engine 42
1000' LDH, Deck Guns, A/B Foam, Portable Hydrant, Generator, SCBA air packs, PPV Fan, Ground Ladders, Hard Suction for drafting water, 30 gal AFFF Foam
Tanker 20 1500 3000 Front, Rear, and Side dump capable, 2100 gal portable folding tank

Burn Permits

All open burning requires a burn permit issued by the Fire Department. Click here to read the General Burning Guidelines listed on the permit form.

 To apply for a permit, you can do one of the following:

  1. Stop by Fire Administrative offices located inside the Township Hall located at 2525 Joslyn Rd., Mon-Fri. between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  2. Fill out the permit application form and submit via email

NOTE: You must be the property owner in order to apply for a permit or have a written authorization letter from the property owner stating that you, as the tenant, have permission to apply for a permit. Your name must appear in that authorization letter.

Permit Renewals: To renew a burn permit, email the fire department at oriontwpfd@comcast.net with your information and permit number from last year. Your request will be answered within 48 hours..

Burn Containers

We have received numerous calls inquiring about portable burning containers being sold that allow you to have small campfires. These are either the small-screened cage receptacles or the ceramic chimney type. They are advertised to be safe for use on the patio or wherever your party is taking place.

Township ordinance states that, ANY OPEN BURNING REQUIRES A PERMIT ISSUED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. These containers are NO exception and you must apply for and have a permit before you are allowed to use them. Once you receive your permit, use caution in the placement and use of these containers. They can be just as dangerous as a campfire! If you have questions, contact the Fire Marshal at (248) 393-0304 ext. 2003.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

Spring brings with it increased risk of severe weather. While tornadoes and severe thunderstorms can occur at any time, they are more likely to occur in the early afternoon hours.

A severe weather WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe weather to occur in the watch area. You should plan and prepare for the possibility of severe weather and listen to radio and television for later statements or warnings.

A severe weather WARNING means that severe weather is occurring and you should take the necessary safety precautions. If a TORNADO WARNING is issued, the outdoor warning sirens will sound a steady three (3) minute warning signal. Take cover immediately and listen to radio or television for more information.

The first Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. a test is conducted of the outdoor warning sirens. Click here to see testing schedule. NOTE: Siren tests are not conducted during December, January, or February due to winter weather.

Downed Power Lines

Often severe storms have high winds that cause damage to trees and power lines. If you see a downed power line always assume it is energized with electricity - STAY AWAY! Even when a power line appears to be dead, it can still be energized and those wires that really are dead can be re-energized without warning.

Never approach a downed power line or try to move it. Even telephone and cable TV lines can be dangerous if they are in contact with a power line. Chain link metal fences can also be hazardous if a power line has fallen on them. Always keep children and pets away from any downed power lines and other downed or hanging wires.

Report downed power lines to DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747.

Smoke Alarms

Are Your Smoke Alarms Up-to-Date?

How would you answer the following?

  • Do your smoke alarms(s) work?
  • When was the last time you tested your smoke alarm(s)?
  • When was the last time you changed the batteries?

More than half of all fatal fires occur at night while people are asleep. Every home needs to have working smoke alarms to alert sleeping occupants of smoke and fire. The National Fire Chief’s Association has adopted a policy to change smoke alarms that are at least 10 years old and to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. Remember this fall, when you set your clock back, change your batteries, and if your alarm is at least 10 years old, or if you are not sure how old it is, then change your detector too. Test your smoke alarm(s) weekly and replace the batteries at least twice a year at daylights savings time.

Did you know that not all smoke alarms are the same? Which one is the right one?
Your local hardware store sells so many different types that are designed to operate in different parts of your home. Ionization smoke alarms respond quickly to fire and should be used in the basement, outside sleeping areas and in the bedrooms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are more suitable around the kitchen or bathroom area. Whether you have smoke alarms wired together or battery operated, place the correct alarm in the area that it is designed to operate in, instead of disarming it every time it goes off when you burn the toast or step out of the shower. Most manufacturers will state on the package where to use their alarms. If you are still not sure, check with your local retailer or Fire Department to make the right choice

Children and Fire Safety

Summer is almost here. Many schools have already released students for summer break. Fire does not take a summer break. Here are some fire safety messages to remind your children how to have a fire safe summer.

  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with your children.
  • Have a fire escape plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. Talk about who will help each child get out safely.
  • Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to an outside meeting place.
  • Teach children to never go back inside a building that is on fire.
  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot.
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place.
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children.
Community CPR/AED Training

We have instructors available to provide CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training for community groups or individuals. If you are interested or have questions, please contact the EMS Coordinator at (248) 391-0304, ext. 2002.

Wanted: Paid-On Call Firefighters

The Fire Department is looking for dedicated men and women to join our team and serve as Paid-on-Call Firefighters. If you are interested in helping to protect  community, we are now accepting applications. For more information, contact Asst. Chief Pender at (248)391-0304, ext. 2005.

Grilling Safety

  • As warmer weather has finally arrived, the grills come out.  Here are some grilling safety tips to consider will cooking outdoors:Grills should only be used outside – not on a porch, balcony or inside at all.
  • Your grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from any building and clear of overhangs including trees and branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Make sure your grill is clear of windows.
  • Clean your grill before and after every use.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Never use gasoline on a grill
  • Never add lighter fluid or fuel to an already lit grill.
  • If you smell gas, turn off your grill immediately!
  • Do not turn on or light a gas grill with the lid closed.

Home Safety and Fire Prevention

Kitchen Safety

  • Is your stove top clean, no grease, spills or clutter?
  • Does a grown-up always stay in the kitchen when food is cooking on the stove?
  • Are pot handles turned toward the back of the stove?

Heating Equipment

  • Are space heaters at least three feet away from the walls and anything else that can burn?
  • Does your fireplace have a sturdy screen to catch sparks?
  • Has your heating system been professionally inspected or serviced in the past 12 months?
  • Has your chimney been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 months?
  • Do you always dispose of your fireplace ashes in a metal container outside, away from the house?


  • Are candles blown out when grown-ups leave the room or go to sleep?
  • Do you have sturdy non-tip and non-combustible candle holders?
  • Are lit candles kept a safe distance from anything that can burn?

Smoking Materials

  • Do you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays for smokers?
  • Are matches and lighters locked up high, out of children’s sight and reach?
  • Do smokers wet all butts and ashes before throwing them away?

Hazardous Materials

  • Are paints, gasoline, and other flammable liquids stored away from flames and sparks?
  • Are they outside the home in a shed or detached garage?

House Wiring

  • Do your fuses or circuit-breakers match the circuits they protect? (Have them professionally inspected.)
  • Do you limit the use of extension cords, make sure they are properly maintained, and do not overload them?

Safety Tips to Live By


  • Pay attention while cooking
  • If you must leave the room, shut off stove
  • If you have small children, cook on back burners
  • Keep children 3 feet away from stove
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking. Watch your sleeves!


  • Keep space heaters 3 feet from anything that can burn
  • Turn space heaters off when not in room
  • Do not leave fireplaces unattended
  • Do not throw fireplace ashes in a combustible receptacle or place in garage. Place them outside away from building
  • Do not use cooking stove to heat house


  • Extinguish candles when you leave the room
  • Use flashlights, not candles, during power outages
  • Keep candles away from curtains, paper or bedding
  • Never let children play around candles or let them light the candles

U.S. Fire Facts

The leading causes of home fires and cooking, smoking, heating, electrical equipment, and intentionally set. Cooking fires lead to the most injuries and smoking fires lead to the most deaths.

In 2010:

  • U.S. Fire Departments responded to 386,500 home fires.
  • Home fires killed 3,120 people.
  • Roughly 8 people die in home fires every day.
  • Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors.
  • No smoke detectors were present in 40% of home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke detectors were present but did not sound.

Fireworks Safety

The new Michigan Law passed allows for the sale and use of “Retail Grade” fireworks. You are allowed to purchase and use these fireworks certain times of the year. Be aware of the times you are able to shoot off fireworks. Township Ordinance 143, Fireworks Safety Standards, prohibits the use of fireworks except the day before-day, day of, and day after a National Holiday. You can read the entire ordinance by following the link above.

Just because it is legal to obtain fireworks does not mean that you can ignore fireworks safety. These things hurt, injure and kill people every year because of carelessness, so the Orion Township Fire Department cautions you to follow the safety guidelines listed below.

  • Kids should be supervised with fireworks. Even sparklers are dangerous. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt gold. As the embers drop away they are still very hot and if someone steps on them with bare feet or try to pick them up without the embers being sufficiently cooled will result in burns and the embers sticking to the skin and continuing to burn until cooled by water.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks. Stay away from others and make sure your children are not around someone who does decide to light fireworks. Fireworks have injured many people because they backfired or shot off in the wrong direction.
  • Never approach fireworks that have not exploded for a minimum of 30 minutes.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks every year.

If a child or member of your family is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital or, if serious enough, call 911. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow the person to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. If other burns occur, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn area (do not use ice). Seek medical attention immediately.

Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed during the period that fireworks are allowed to be discharged. Keep them inside as much as possible and do not take them to watch firework displays.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I burn trash or brush? You are not allowed to burn trash or rubbish. However, you may obtain a burn permit for the on-site burning of residential tree cuttings and brush.

  • Can I have a fire pit or campfire in my backyard? Yes, but with some restrictions. A burn permit is required. To apply for a permit, please come to the Fire Administrative offices located in Township Hall at 2525 Joslyn Road. You may obtain a permit during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. If you are wanting to just renew a permit from last year, email us at oriontwpfd@comcast.net with your information and permit number from last year, and we will answer your request within a few days.

  • Is there a burning ban? There can be a burning ban issued. If deemed fit by the Fire Chief, he can issue a burning ban due to drought, high winds, or other factors.

  • How do I become a Paid-on-Call Firefighter? Fill out an employment application and return to Human Resources at Township Hall, 2525 Joslyn Road.

  • Is Orion Township Fire Department a volunteer or full-time department? We are a “combination” department with a Full-Time Chief, 2 Assistant Chief’s, Fire Marshal, Emergency Medical Coordinator, 15 Full-Time Shift personnel and 40 Paid-On-Call personnel.

  • If I have a non-emergency fire-related question, what number do I call? Call the Fire Administration office at (248) 391-0304, ext. 2000.

  • Can I get a home fire inspection? Yes, the Fire Department provides inspections for fire safety and evacuation plans free of cost. Call the Fire Administration office at (248) 391-0304, ext. 2000 for more information.

  • Does the Fire Department give tours of the stations? Yes, the firefighters are happy to give tours when available. However, we cannot host parties due to the possibility of fire calls coming in during the event. Call the Fire Administration office at (248) 391-0304, ext. 2000 to schedule a tour.

  • Does the Fire Department provide free smoke alarms? Contact Fire Administration at (248)391-0304, ext. 143. Free smoke alarms are available for residents who may not have the resources  to purchase them. Firefighters will install them in your home and can assist you with replacing batteries if you are unable.Please purchase the batteries before they come out to replace them.

  • How often should I check my smoke alarm? Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the “test” button. Batteries should be changed twice a year. A good way to remember is to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

  • Why is it important to have a home fire escape plan? Because just awakened people, especially children, are often confused and may panic during a fire. A well-planned and practiced home fire escape plan can help people get out safely. Your plan should include two ways out of any room, especially bedrooms. If you have a multi-story home, you may want to purchase a fire escape ladder (sold at retail outlets). Also include in your plan a meeting place outside your home. Never go back inside for pets or toys and practice your plan at least twice a year. Follow this link for an interactive program for drawing out your home and an escape plan.

  • Does the Fire Department install car seats? Yes – the department offers car seat inspections and installations free of charge. To schedule an installation , contact Fire Administration at (248)391-0304, ext. 2000.