SAN MARCOS, Texas — Advancement Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training is a program that helps train first responders for active shooter situations -- and it just got just $8.7 million to help train more people.

ALERRT is located at Texas State University. The money it received from the federal government will be used to train around 15,000 first responders around the United States.

The program trained 9,000 people last year and it is also leading a civilian training program for similar emergency situations.

“Because we rely on first responders to keep our communities safe, it is critical that we provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This grant will allow Texas State’s ALERRT Program to provide the most cutting-edge training to law enforcement, fire, and EMS to respond to active shooter situations across the country. I thank the Trump Administration for recognizing the ALERRT Program’s success and usefulness in keeping Americans safe.”