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Funding will be used to support firefighters and their work as first responders
OVILLA - The Ovilla Fire Department will receive a grant of $62,618 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn 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.

'This funding will help ensure that Texas firefighters remain well trained and equipped for their important work of protecting our homes, families and communities,' said Cornyn, the chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

'The men and women on the front lines of emergency response need more support than ever and I applaud the local first responders and area leaders for their work to obtain this important assistance.'

Cornyn has held roundtables with emergency first responders across the state as part of his ongoing effort to highlight security needs in Texas hometowns.

The events provide communities the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to the senator.

'The safety of our cities and towns is among my highest priorities,' Cornyn added.

'So I'm encouraged that some of the tax money Texans send to Washington is being returned to help save lives among firefighters and the people they serve.'

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.

The program provides a broad array of assistance to America's emergency responders through funding, coordinated training, exercises, equipment acquisition, and technical assistance.

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