TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
CAREER FIRE/EMS DIVISION
Fee increases have been proposed for FY 22, as the current fee schedule has been in place since 2014. Fees consist of an Advanced Life Support or a Basic Life Support charge depending upon the level of service rendered and a charge for mileage. Basic Life Support fees will be increased from $450 to $500 in FY 22. Advanced life support level one fees will be increased from $600 to $700 and advanced life support level two fees will be increased from $650 to $800. The mileage rate is $15 per mile. Worcester County reimburses the Town $190 per run for in-town and $760 per run for out-of- town calls. The per-paramedic subsidy was increased from $5,000 per paramedic to $8,000 per paramedic in FY 20. In FY 21, the Town was also funded for “full-time equivalent” paramedics, which increased our funding by $192,000. The per-ambulance subsidy remained at $10,000, but reimbursement for 24/7 coverage was increased from $40,000 to $50,000 in FY 21. In FY 21, the Town was also reimbursed $330,0000 for service to West Ocean City. Following the same funding formula in FY 22 would indicate a County grant in the amount of $1,780,185.
The FY 22 budget includes fifty-one full-time positions. Positions included are: a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, an Assistant Chief, four Battalion Chiefs, six Lieutenants, and thirty-eight Firefighter/EMTs. Four EMT II positions and two EMT IV positions have been added at a total cost of $451,176. Per the contract, one step will be granted on July 1, 2021. Specialty pay for the Water Rescue/Dive Teams and Bomb Squad have been included per the contract. A part- time Training Officer position was funded in FY 21. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table. Part-time funding for Paramedic 7 has been deleted as the additional full-time positions will cover this service. As a result, funding for part-time staff decreased $158,282. An allowance for the sick leave act has also been included at $30,829 for part-time employees. Regular overtime has been budgeted to increase $13,182, while premium overtime has been budgeted to increase $5,000, from $370,000 to $375,000. Benefit costs increase for health insurance, retiree health and retirement, and decrease slightly for worker’s compensation. Estimated pension contributions for the new employees is $34,800 annually.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services includes $40,000 for required physicals for all Fire/EMS personnel. A peer support team clinician was added in FY 21 at $4,000. Training and travel costs, also included here, are budgeted at $18,609. Radios for the new positions have been included at $24,000. Building and equipment maintenance costs decrease $2,895 for FY 22. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $3,954. Stryker power stretcher maintenance covers 11 units and is funded at $11,000. Maintenance on the ten power load systems is funded at $13,000. All other equipment maintenance totals $10,355. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category increases $18,424 from FY 21. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $9,710. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $20,500, and a Lucas III Mechanical CPR system has been funded at $14,500. Also funded are the following: fire prevention supplies, $5,000; COVID-related supplies, $5,000 and Fire camp supplies, $2,500. Uniform costs are funded at $139,800 for FY 22, including $7,000 for uniforms for the additional full-time employees. Fifteen sets of fire gear have been included at $39,750, and Class A uniforms have been budgeted at $5,625. Vehicle fuel decreases, but vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 22. Intragovernmental allocations for radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance all increase for FY 22, while the allocation for vehicle lease decreases. A replacement ambulance has been funded through Vehicle Trust.