The Chattanooga Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant that will be used to provide new training for firefighters.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) allowed the Chattanooga Fire Department to purchase a "Fire Ground Survival Program," which will train firefighters to prevent and operate in situations where a firefighter may become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped.

"With the funding opportunity we've been given through the AFG, it allows the firefighters to receive training from people from all over the country to put their real-life experience into an impactful means of instruction to hopefully save a firefighter's life if they get into a position where they have to rescue themselves," CFD Special Operations Chief Daniel Hague said.

The AFG was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which covers 90 percent of the $77,000 training program.

"Chattanooga firefighters are American's finest; risking their lives by running towards danger and putting their community first and themselves second," Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) said, "By receiving funding from FEMA's 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the men and women of the Chattanooga Fire Department will have enhanced training and be better prepared to respond to disastrous situations while also accounting for their personal safety. This funding is much deserved for our incredible first responders."