FORKED RIVER, N.J. (Jan. 22, 2009) - Oyster Creek Generating Station, a subsidiary of Exelon, has donated $6,000 to the Bamber Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, so that the fire department can replace a cracked and aging furnace.
"We need heat in the fire house," said Mike Eden, the Bamber Lakes Fire Chief. "We have to be able to keep the water in the pumper truck above freezing." The furnace is currently non-functional.
A downturn in the economy combined with a challenging year has made replacing the furnace difficult for the fire company. "We greatly appreciate what you've done for us," Eden said. "Without that donation, it would have been tough for the fire department."
Tim Rausch, Oyster Creek Site Vice President, said it is important to keep first responders ready to react in an emergency. "The Bamber Lakes Fire Department serves the local community and is made up entirely of volunteers," he said. "We're glad that we can help an organization that protects Forked River."