The West Orange Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant of $57,000 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday. 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 (DHS) Office of Grants and Training as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
“This funding will help make sure first responders at the West Orange Volunteer Fire Department have the resources necessary to keep the surrounding community safe,” Sen. Cornyn said. “We have a responsibility to support those working on the front lines every day to protect families, homes and property.”
Sen. Cornyn has held roundtables with emergency first responders across Texas as part of his ongoing effort to support their work. The events provide communities the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to Sen. 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.
Sen. Cornyn serves on the Armed Services, Judiciary and Budget Committees. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Border Security and Refugees subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee’s Airland subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.