Diamond Pipeline LLC granted $6,500 to a Sebastian County first responder unit to purchase necessary equipment as part of the Diamond Pipeline First Responder Grant Program.

Diamond Pipeline is a joint venture between Plains All American Pipeline and Valero, according to a news release.

"First responders provide a crucial community support,” Brandon Smith of Plains All American Pipeline said. "We are pleased to provide the EMP Rural Fire Department with additional resources that allow their firefighters to better equip themselves with the tools they need to serve residents of Sebastian County."

The fire department used grant funds to purchase a variety of equipment for use in the field.

“This award has allowed us to purchase equipment that improves the safety of our firefighters and the community we serve,” EMP Rural Fire Department Chief Noel Yowell said. “The Diamond Pipeline First Responder Grant Program has definitely benefited our department.”

Earlier this year, three Sebastian County fire departments were recognized when they received more than $29,000 in first responder grants to meet a variety of their departments’ needs, the release states.

The Diamond Pipeline First Responder Grant Program is aimed to help responders receive funding to support training and response equipment needs along the Diamond Pipeline route in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. The grant program helps first responders better serve their local communities by providing additional resources that enhance their safety and training.