Penn Yan Fire Dept. showed off its newest engine at the annual village inspection event Oct. 2.

The Penn Yan Fire Department has a new fire truck and was just granted funding to protect rescuers’ health and safety. The $210,285.71 federal grant will be used to provide 32 breathing apparatus units.

"We care about ensuring the safety of our firefighters and want to make sure they can do their jobs safely,” U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said as he announced the grant. “This grant provides funding to help keep these first responders safe and will allow them to operate effectively. We will continue to support our first responders in any way we can.

“We are extremely happy to get this grant,” said Penn Yan Fire Chief Frank Ellis. “Our old packs are very old – some even from 1997 and we had about five different kinds. We put in for 32 air packs and now they will all be the same. This grant will help our department and it helps the taxpayers.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is meant to bolster and support the nation’s preparedness and response to fire and other hazards. The program has provided $7.1 billion since 2001.

The new Ellsworth Hose engine, valued at more than $750,000, is equipped with a wide variety of technology and safety measures. It will be put into service after some department equipment is installed by Churchville Fire Equipment this week.