Penn Yan Fire Dept. purchases new air packs with federal grant funds

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Penn Yan Fire Department took delivery of 32 new air packs March 3. Shown with the department’s two newest trucks and the air packs are (from left) Tom Harrington of Municipal Emergency Services of Wayland; Rick Simpson Jr., Mike Pedersen, and Chief Frank Ellis, all members of the department; and Jeremy Cady, also of Municipal Emergency Services. The air packs were purchased with a federal grant.

The Penn Yan Fire Department has taken delivery of 32 new Scott Air Pack units purchased with a $210,285.71 federal grant.

“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 when the grant was announced last fall. “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.