Penn Yan, N. Fire Dept. Rises From the Ashes

Penn Yan, N. Fire Dept. Rises From the Ashes

How many times during a year do rating organizations throughout the country recommend new, adequate quarters built of fire-resistive materials for the local fire department? And how many times do these recommendations go unheeded? All too often.

For one such community, Penn Yan, N.Y., time ran out on December 20, 1967. The fire station and all the apparatus it housed, three pumpers and an aerial ladder, (FIRE ENGINEERING March 1968) were destroyed by fire. Fourteen months and about $450,000 later, the Penn Yan Fire Department moved into new quarters with three new Seagrave 1,000-gpm pumpers and a 100-foot Seagrave aerial ladder. All equipment is new except what is on the rescue truck that was housed in another building at the time of the fire. Missing and never to be replaced are the numerous trophies, pictures, records and mementos accumulated since the fire department began. No value, sentimental or monetary, can be put on these lost articles.

The new two-story structure was designed by Frederick J. Licht, an architect in Trumansburg, N.Y., with Owen C. Hoban of Penn Yan as consulting engineer. The DeJohn Construction Company of Newark, N.Y., was the general contractor.

The station was built for $240,000 on land made available by an urban renewal project near the center of the village. The building, designed to house all seven pieces of apparatus in the Penn Yan Fire Department, provides room for expansion.

Penn Yan’s four companies have individual meeting rooms on the second floor, which also houses a large department meeting room, a kitchen, storage facilities and toilets. All rooms are protected by an automatic fire detection system.

In addition to a large apparatus room, the first floor includes a chiefs office and radio room, a boiler room, rooms for the alarm system, a stock and repair room, toilets and showers. Hose drying is done by a dryer.

Chief George Gaylor commented, “It’s been a long, hard pull, but the end is in sight and we now have a better-equipped and better-housed department than ever before in the history of our village. The morale of the department is the best I can ever remember.”

Formal dedication of the new station was held on June 1, 1969.

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