Bulletin Staff Report

The Brownwood Fire Department will receive a grant of $136,800 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, federal officials announced Wednesday.

The funding can be used for training and support operations and to purchase firefighter safety and rescue equipment. It comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Texas’ two U.S. senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, announced the award.

“These grants will provide our firefighters and first responders with the resources they need to save lives,” Hutchison said. “This funding will help these brave men and women better prepare for and respond to emergency situations in our communities.”

“This funding will help make sure first responders at the Brownwood Fire Department have the resources necessary to keep the surrounding community safe,” Cornyn said. “We have a responsibility to support those working on the front lines every day to protect families, homes and property.”

The Office of Grants and Training, a component of the DHS Preparedness Directorate, partners with state and local officials to strengthen the capabilities of first responders in addressing emergencies and catastrophic incidents, Cornyn’s office said. The program provides a broad array of assistance to America’s emergency responders through funding, coordinated training, exercises, equipment acquisition and technical assistance.