Homeland Security awards grant to Reading Fire Department

Money to be used to replace firefighters' outdated safety equipment

WASHINGTON - A federal grant will help the Reading Fire Department replace some outdated safety equipment.

The $219,504 comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who wrote a letter of support on behalf of Reading's grant application in July.

"Their members put their lives on the line every day to protect those of others," said Toomey. "I'm glad the Department of Homeland Security recognized their service and their need and has granted this request."

Reading's 132 firefighters responded to 22,000 emergencies throughout the city last year, but only 30 of those firefighters were wearing gear issued within the last decade, officials said.

"These funds will be used to better ensure the safety and survival of the brave men and women who protect the citizens of our community." said Chief Dave Hollinger, Reading Fire Dept.

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