The Mount Ephraim Board of Commissioners praised the efforts of the Fire Department during last week’s meeting. On July 21, a house fire in the 200 block of Hartka Avenue had caused injury to a police officer as he tried to enter the home to see if anyone was inside. Mayor Joseph Wolk thanked the MEFD for doing their best to prevent as minimal damage as possible to surrounding homes.
Fire Chief Brian Gilmore said the department will canvas a three-block radius of the Hartka Avenue fire to inspect residences for working smoke detectors, and will install smoke detectors for free if needed.
All the Commissioners thanked the Fire Department for the excellent job they did in dealing with the Hartka Avenue fire.
The Mount Ephraim Fire Department is 100 percent volunteer, and has 4,022 man hours and 22,853 volunteer hours so far this year, Gilmore said.
Fire Department President Richard Holmes said that morale has improved since the process has begun for construction of the new fire station, and thanked everyone involved.
In the past 30 days, six new structural firefighters have joined the Fire Department, he said.
Commissioner Andrew Gilmore commended Police Chief Edward Dobleman and Captain Brian Beppel for obtaining a $4,400 grant for the drunk-driving crack-down program, "Over the Limit, Under Arrest."
Gilmore said the grant was awarded to 12 municipalities in Camden County.
It will aid the Police Department with the statewide crackdown from August 20 through September