BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Police and Fire Departments will be receiving some new equipment as part of a $900,000 investment.
A news conference was held today to announce the purchase of new vehicles for police officers and firefighters. The fire department will get a new $450,000 engine along with 5 medical first response vehicles valued at $200,000. The BPD will get 4 new patrol vehicles at a cost of $220,000. They will be 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles, which are electric and come fully equipped with lights, radios, and computers. Mayor Rich David says it’s all part of his mission to put public safety first.
David says “In today’s critical investment, public safety will put Binghamton’s police and fire departments at the forefront of emergency response and make their job of serving or protecting the public easier.”
The vehicles are custom ordered and may not arrive until a year from now. The cost is being covered by federal Community Development Block Grant funding and the City’s general fund. David says the city has stopped using municipal bonds to pay for new vehicles as the debt often took longer to pay off than the vehicles stayed in service.