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FEDERAL GRANT TO BENEFIT S. WILSON FIRE COMPANY

The South Wilson Fire Company will be able to buy new turnout gear and breathing apparatus with a $71,197 federal grant announced this week by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport.

The grant comes from the Homeland Security Department's $750 million Assistance to Firefighters Program, administered by the department's Office of Domestic Preparedness. It will buy South Wilson 22 sets of turnout gear and two self-contained air packs.

Slaughter, who wrote a letter supporting South Wilson's application, said the volunteer fire company has outdated equipment that doesn't meet the current standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or the National Fire Protection Association.

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