By Josh Jordan
A recent vote of approval from the board of trustees means the Pleasant Township fire departments will soon have a new partner to help residents.
Lifecare Alliance has partnered with Pleasant Township to offer services at little to no cost to residents.
“I think it’s a great program. I think it’s something that can benefit the township,” said Fire Chief Brian Taylor. “It’s no cost to the township.”
The program helps people with diabetes management, offers meals-on-wheels, home safety services and partners with the Columbus Cancer Clinic to offer free or discounted cancer screenings.
“Lifecare’s folks will come in and train our guys on what to look for and how to get in touch with them and how to get the residents the services they need and that’s really all there is to it,” said Taylor.
Training will take place in April and as soon as personnel are trained, they will start referring residents to the service.
Residents can also contact Lifecare Alliance directly at 614-437-2912 or at lifecarealliance.org/referral.
The trustees have also approved the hire of a chaplain for the Pleasant Township Fire Department.
Larry Baker has been offered the position and would be the first chaplain to serve the department. Baker is a retired captain of the Upper Arlington fire department and even helped out on a call that came in during his interview.
“I told Larry flat out that I didn’t want somebody that was just going to be here for prayers and dinners,” said Taylor. “I want somebody who’s active in the department and who knows the guys and can help us out.”
In other news, the dates for the Pleasant Township spring clean-up were approved for April 26 and 27. Times will be determined and posted on the township website in the coming days.