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Fire Dept. receives federal grant

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company has received $58,540 in federal funding for new gear and a specialized washer and dryer to clean the equipment, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced yesterday.

Among the pieces of equipment is a respiratory fit test machine, which checks whether a mask fits a firefighter correctly and doesn't leak around the eyes, nose or chin, according to an occupational safety Web site.

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This is the second award for the Savage Volunteer Fire Company from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

In 2003, the department was awarded $225,000 to purchase a new fire engine.


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