By Jim Goodson

GALLATIN – The Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $172,054 to purchase an emergency response vehicle, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Wednesday.

The funding, which can also be used for training and support operations, 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 Senator Cornyn, 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 held roundtables with emergency first responders across the state as part of his ongoing effort to highlight security needs in Texas hometowns. The events provided 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.

Cornyn is a former Texas Attorney General.

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