WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has announced several local grant recipients.

The Ennis Fire Department will receive a grant of $42,655 to support firefighters and their work as first responders.

Also receiving grants are the Milford Volunteer Fire Department, which will receive a grant of $25,560, and the Cedar Hill Fire Department, which will receive a grant of $65,569.

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 Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“This funding will help make sure first responders at these departments 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 award aims to enhance first responders' ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.

Cornyn has held roundtables with emergency first responders across Texas as part of his ongoing effort to support their work. The events provide communities with the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to Cornyn.

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.