WASHINGTON — The Midlothian Fire Department will receive a grant of $160,000 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, several government officials have announced.

The grant has specifically been designated for “Operations and Firefighter Safety,” and will assist the Midlothian Fire Department in obtaining personal protective equipment, training, modifications to fire stations and facilities, as well as fitness and wellness initiatives for firefighters. The grant is provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness.

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

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

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. T

“The Midlothian Fire Department is on hand to protect the community in the face of disaster, and the Assistance to Firefighters grant will help them carry out this important task,” U.S. Rep. Joe Barton said.

“I am pleased to announce they have received this funding, which will help them obtain tools and equipment to keep them safe. I want to thank each and every member of the Midlothian Fire Department for their service.”

The grant to the Midlothian Fire Department was one of 12 awarded to Texas communities, for a total funding of almost $1.2 million.

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