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Possible fire station consolidation has some Binghamton residents concerned

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- In his annual budget address Wednesday, Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced the city is looking into potentially consolidating two of the five Binghamton fire stations.

The mayor said that Station Three on West State Street and Station Four on Robinson Street are both in need of serious investment to remain viable. As such, the mayor has commissioned a study to determine what effect consolidation would have on response times.

The study is being conducted by an outside firm, and it is considering a wide array of options, from making those investments to finding an entirely new location for the consolidated station. While many locations are being considered, the mayor mentioned one specifically: the old Department of Public Works barn on the corner of Brandywine Avenue and Robinson Street.

Residents of the city's North Side neighborhoods would be among those most affected by a consolidation, and several residents 12 News spoke with said they were concerned with the possibility of delayed response times, higher insurance costs, as well as the fact that the study is being conducted by an outside firm as opposed to the city itself.

The study is scheduled to be completed in June of 2019.

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