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Manor VFD receives $53K grant

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Aaron Loughner | For The Penn Tr
Fire Captain Brian Woy looks over the breathing equipment currently used by the Manor firefighters. The Manor Volunteer Fire Department will replace the 15-year-old equipment with a federal grant that recently was announced.

The Manor Volunteer Fire Department received word last week that it was approved for a $53,200 federal grant to buy new protective equipment for its firefighters.

The grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide funding for self-contained breathing apparatus equipment.

Without the grant, the firefighters wouldn't have been able to replace the obsolete breathing equipment that it has, said Brian Woy, department captain and grant officer.

Woy said the department's old equipment is 15 years old and is at the end of its expected period of use.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey wrote a letter of support on behalf of the department's grant application last summer.

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