Schumer Thanks Fire Departments

By Haley Burton

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Many volunteer fire departments from the Southern Tier sent crews downstate for Hurricane Sandy relief.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says they were a big help.

Schumer says he toured the damage over the last few weeks in Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, responders from more than a half a dozen volunteer departments from the Southern Tier helped out.

"Because these firefighters have somewhat different experiences than the other urban firefighters, they were great at chopping down trees, separating electrical wires that were getting tangled in the branches, which was one of our earliest needs," said Schumer (D), New York, "I wanted to let our volunteer firefighter departments that sent people down, thank you. Thank you for helping us in our time of need in downstate New York and that's one of the reasons I've always supported our vols. They are great people."

Volunteer departments from Sidney, Conklin, Union Center, Prospect Terrace, and Vestal were among those that helped with response and recovery in the wake of Sandy.