Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the West Manchester Township Fire Department has been awarded a $248,452 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) by the Department of Homeland Security. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the department's grant application in June.

"Firefighters embody public service in their dedicated work to ensure the safety of those in their community," said Senator Toomey. "I was glad to support the application by the West Manchester Township Fire Department and am confident these funds will help them better serve York County and keep them safe while on duty."

"The West Manchester Township Fire Department is extremely grateful for the receipt of this grant," said Clifton Laughman, Fire Chief for the West Manchester Township Fire Department. "The support that we receive from our elected officials like Senator Toomey is overwhelming. We could not be where we are today without the help and support of them. The grant money is going to be used to replace our 13 year Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. This valuable tool is what allows firefighters to go into a fire and be able to breath fresh air while fighting fire."

The awarded funds will be used to replace obsolete Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment.