MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -

Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue will receive over $1 million in federal grants, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson announced Friday.

MDFR will receive a $1,015,974 grant through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for upgrades to its dispatch system.

Wilson said the upgrades will help reduce response times and enable MDFR to serve Miami-Dade's growing population.

"I am delighted that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will receive these critical resources," said Wilson. "The men and women of Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue regularly risk their lives to ensure the safety of our communities. They deserve the best equipment and training available."

According to DHS, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is an important component of the broader effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness with regard to fires and related hazards.

Since 2001, Wilson said the AFG has provided approximately $5.25 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

During fiscal year 2012, Wilson said the AFG will award another $337.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.