(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David joined Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski and Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel E. Eggleston on Tuesday to announce major investments in vehicles and equipment for the police and fire departments.
The public safety investments include:
- New fire engine, costing $459,059
- Four (4) new police patrol vehicles, costing $220,000
- Five (5) new medical first response vehicles, costing $200,000
- Technology and outfitting of vehicles, costing $20,000
“Ensuring the City’s first responders have the modern equipment and resources they need to keep residents — and themselves — safe is a top priority,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “Today’s critical investment in public safety will put Binghamton’s police and fire departments at the forefront of emergency response and make their job of serving and protecting the public easier.”
The Binghamton Fire Department will receive a new fire engine and five new medical first response vehicles.
The new fire engine, a Spartan Pumper, will cost $459,059. It replaces the 20-year old engine located at the East Side Fire Station. City Council will vote on budget transfer to pay for the new fire engine at the July 17 Business Meeting.
The five new medical first response vehicles will cost $200,000. In 2018, the Binghamton Fire Department responded to more than 8,000 calls for medical assistance. When a resident calls 911 for medical assistance, a first response medic SUV is sent with an ambulance. All medic SUVs are equipped with oxygen, automated external defibrillators, splinting equipment and various medications. The current fleet of first response medical vehicles was purchased in 2012.
“When responding to emergencies, firefighters need reliable equipment that meets the needs of challenging situations in the field,” said Fire Chief Daniel E. Eggleston. “This new fire engine will replace a vehicle that has reached the end of its useful life. The new engine and medical response vehicles will allow our firefighters and paramedics to better serve the public and help us stay prepared for any emergency.”
“A new fire engine and first response vehicles are critical needs for our firefighters,” said David J. Holleran, President of Binghamton Professional Firefighter's Association, the union that represents City of Binghamton firefighters. “We’re grateful to have Mayor David’s support and leadership in providing resources that will improve department operations, morale and public safety.”
The Binghamton Police Department will receive four new police patrol vehicles, costing a total of $220,000. The vehicle model, a 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, is the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police SUV. The patrol SUVs will be fully equipped with lights, radios and computers.
“Police departments benefit from the use of hybrid electric patrol vehicles in many ways,” said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski. “We will save on fuel costs and prevent future maintenance issues by eliminating engine idle time. Even if a police car is stopped or parked, they are almost always running. With a hybrid engine, idling police cars will be running off a battery and not a gas engine.”
“Police cars are like mobile offices where we spend eight hours a day, and our officers deserve new vehicles as they serve and protect Binghamton residents,” said Investigator Jessica Griffin, President of the Binghamton Police Benevolent Association, the union representing Binghamton police officers. “We thank Mayor David for his commitment to public safety, these new patrol vehicles being the latest example of his strong support of our men and women in uniform.”
The total cost of all vehicles is $900,000. The vehicles are being paid for through a combination of Community Development Block Grant funding, the City’s annual operating budget and fund balance reserves.
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