Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $2 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Philadelphia Fire Department. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the organization's grant application in January 2018.

"I'm pleased to announce this federal grant for the Philadelphia Fire Department," said Senator Toomey. "Firefighters embody public service in their dedicated work to ensure the safety of others. I am confident that these funds will aid in efforts to protect firefighters while also enhancing the overall capabilities of the department."

"This grant will help the Philadelphia Fire Department offer comprehensive officer training for the first time in years, which will allow us to better protect lives and property," said Adam Theil, Fire Commissioner of Philadelphia Fire Department.

The awarded funds will be used to obtain command training for all command level officers, as well as Incident Command System (ICS) software, materials, and instructors. The ICS will allow the fire department to organize operations for a broad spectrum of emergencies.