The Binghamton Fire Department is concerned that federal budget cuts could mean less grant money in the future.
Firefighter Chris Mallery says over the past decade the department has received about half a million dollars for new equipment, training and for a burn trailer. In 2011, the BFD also received a grant so it could hire 8 firefighters. While current awards won't be affected by sequestration, Mallery says the department might not get as much money in the future if cuts remain in place.
Mallery says, "With the proposed spending cuts, the future of acquiring money will be very difficult. As a result of these cuts, FEMA may have a reduction in staff making it more difficult to reach someone for future grant assistance."
Mallery says other departments also rely on federal funding to replace outdated equipment.