The city of Riverside Fire Department has been awarded more than $25,000 in federal grant money to help purchase protective equipment, vehicles and gear, Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday.

Riverside will receive $25,200 for operations and safety from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

The Franklin Twp. Division of Fire in Carlisle also was awarded $43,396.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” Brown said in a release. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Carlisle and Riverside have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”

The AFG program helps firefighters and other first responders purchase protective equipment, vehicles and gear, according to FEMA. This is round 21 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2012 AFG announcements, the release said.