Boston will receive a $17.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday.
The grant will provide training for first responders, address the equipment and training needs of high-density, urban areas, and help the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) join forces with surrounding communities to prepare for both man-made and natural emergencies, according to a statement from Walsh’s office.
The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for planning ways to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism. The agency also manages homeland security funding for Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.
Past grant money has paid for initiatives such as Urban Shield Boston, which assembled about 2,000 first responders from more than 50 local, state, and federal agencies in 2014 to test and evaluate public safety procedures.
“I am extremely proud of the strong partnership between the City of Boston and the Department of Homeland Security,’’ said Walsh. “The City of Boston has always placed a premium on the safety and security of our first reponders, and this grant funding provides critical resources and ensures long term resiliency.’’