Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $498K In Federal Funding For Three Fire Departments Throughout The Southern Tier

Sep 12, 2019

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $498,651.20 in federal funding for three fire departments in the Southern Tier. Specifically, the Binghamton Fire Department will receive $417,484.54, the Corning Volunteer Fire Department will receive $54,976.19 and the Endicott Fire Department will receive $26,190.47. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to stay safe on the job,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders in the Southern Tier and across the state are our local heroes and our first line of defense for safety and security – it is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency.”

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day while protecting their communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to announce these funds for fire departments in Binghamton, Corning, and Endicott, which will help first responders as they brave emergencies and help keep New Yorkers in the Southern Tier safe. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that our local fire departments have the resources they need.”

“Thank you for all the assistance you provide our community. The City of Corning is pleased to learn of the award of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). This grant award will allow the Fire Department to update essential rescue tools used for a variety of emergencies,” said Brad Davies, City of Corning Fire Chief.

A breakdown and description of the federal grant awards are provided below: 

Award Recipient

Award Amount



Binghamton Fire Department



To purchase mobile radios for firefighters and fire engines

Corning Volunteer Fire Department



To purchase hyrdaulic rescue tools

Endicott Fire Department



To purchase new fire hoses

Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand sent a letter of support urging the Department of Homeland Security to approve of the funding for the Endicott Fire Department.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be found here.