The Trion Fire Department will receive a $21,157 grant as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Georgia’s senators announced today.

“This funding will go a long way to help ensure that Georgia’s first responders have the resources necessary to protect families and communities across the state,” said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). “This grant fills an important need for firefighters in the city of Trion.”

The funds are awarded through the Operations and Safety program and can be used for modifications to stations and facilities in the areas of training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness and health and safety.

“Local firefighters and emergency workers provide our first defense to natural disasters, accidents and terrorist attacks,” said U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga). “It is because these brave men and women are often the first on the scene of any incident that we must continue to ensure they have the tools and training they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. I look forward to continuing to work with local fire departments and emergency responders across the state to ensure they have the resources they need.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program was created to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs. To qualify for funding, applicants must demonstrate financial need and articulate the benefits they will get if awarded the grant.