CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The Chillicothe Fire Department has been awarded a grant by the United States Department of Homeland Security, according to a press release from newly-minted Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell.

According to the release, an Assistance to Firefighters Grant has been awarded to the department in the amount of $18,891. Chappell says the funds will be used to purchase a training system for fire extinguishers.

“Training is the lifeblood of the Fire Service, and I am thankful for this new opportunity, which will help keep residents and first responders of Chillicothe safer,” Administrator Chappell said in the news release. “I’m pleased we’ve been awarded this grant, thanks to the efforts of Chief Darrell Wright and his Staff. The portable fire extinguisher training system for which it provides will help our firefighters train each other and also the business community.”

The program, according to the Department of Homeland Security, has provided nearly $7 billion in assistance to emergency services organizations since 2001, with a goal of increasing preparedness for fire and other hazards in communities across the U.S.