Binghamton Fire Department

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Binghamton Fire Department
BinghamtonFireDepartmentBadge.jpg
Operational area
Country  United States
State  New York
City Binghamton
Agency overview[1]
Established 1834
Annual calls 9,108 (2012)
Employees 119 uniformed
2 civilian
Staffing Career
Fire chief Daniel Eggleston
IAFF 729
Facilities and equipment[2]
Stations 5
Engines 2
Platforms 1
Quints 2
Squads 1
Ambulances 3
HAZMAT 1
Website
Official website
IAFF website
Binghamton Fire Station # 2
Binghamton Fire Department ambulance 7121.

The Binghamton Fire Department is the fire department providing fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Binghamton, New York.

History[edit]

Binghamton's fire department first began in 1834 as a volunteer organization. On May 3rd of 1834 the trustees of the Binghamton voted to organize specific engine and ladder. It wasn't until 2 years later in June 1836 that the village was able to purchase their first actual piece of firefighting equipment, a small hand powered fire engine.[3]

The Village of Binghamton was incorporated to City status by the New York State Legislature in 1867. The department became known as the Fire Department of the City of Binghamton on April 23, 1869.[1] The first motorized apparatus, a Cadillac for the Chief of Department, was purchased in 1910.[1]

In the 1950s the population began shifting to the more rural areas of the county. Although the county population was shrinking, the scope of its operation was expanding. In September 1981 the ambulance was transferred from the Police Bureau to the Fire Bureau. In addition to providing ambulance service, a "First Responder" program was initiated. To meet the growing needs of the City, a Hazardous Material Response Team began operating in May 1988. In 1996 the EMS program was upgraded to provide ALS level of service.[3]

Overview[edit]

The Binghamton Fire Department has a staff of 124 paid uniform fire-fighters and 3 civilian employees.

The Department operates out of 5 fire stations, including the fire headquarters which serves as station 5.[4]

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

Address Engine EMS Truck Other
1 259 Conklin Ave Engine 21-1 EMS 21-1 [5]
2 180 Main St EMS 21-2 Quint 21-2 [6]
3 39 W. State St EMS 21-3 Quint 21-3 HazMat 21 [7]
4 176 Robinson St Engine 21-4 EMS 21-4 & Ambulance 7123 [8]
HQ 38 Hawley St EMS 21-5, Ambulance 7121 & Ambulance 7122 Tower 1 Squad 1, Car 21 & River Rescue Boats [9]

1913 Binghamton Factory Fire[edit]

On July 22, 1913 the Binghamton Clothing Company in downtown Binghamton caught fire. It destroyed the Wall Street building in less than 20 minutes,[10] killing 31 of the more than 100 people inside.[11] Though not as deadly as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, it put even more pressure on New York officials to strengthen life safety codes, increase funding for more inspectors, and increase penalties for violations.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Department Overview". City of Binghamton New York. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Stations & Apparatus". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Department History". IAFF local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fire Department Overview". binghamton-ny.gov. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Station 1". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Station 2". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Station 3". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Station 4". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Headquarters". IAFF Local 729. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Garber, Lauren (April 25, 2010). "Local firefighters remember factory fire of 1913". wicz.com. WICZ-TV. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Binghamton, NY Factory Fire Kills Fifty Workers" (reprint). Middletown Daily Times-Press. July 23, 1913. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  12. ^ "The fire at Binghamton". New York Times. July 24, 1913. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 

Coordinates: 42°5′47″N 75°54′43″W / 42.09639°N 75.91194°W / 42.09639; -75.91194