TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

CAREER FIRE/EMS DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

The current fee schedule was adopted in FY 14, with no differentiation in charges to residents of Ocean City and residents of West Ocean City. 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 were increased from $425 to $450 in FY 16. Advanced life support level one fees are $600 and advanced life support level two fees are $650.  The mileage rate is currently $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 remained at $5,000, and the per-ambulance subsidy remained at $10,000. Reimbursement for 24/7 coverage is funded at $40,000. County grants following this formula for the calendar year 2018 information have been included at $1,216,044.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 20 budget includes forty-four full-time positions. Positions included are: a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, an Assistant Chief, four Captains, six Lieutenants, and thirty-one Firefighter/EMTs. Staffing was revised in FY 18 with a reduction of one Captain and two Lieutenants and an increase of four Firefighter/EMTs, or an overall increase of one employee. Per the contract, one step will be granted on July 1, 2019. Longevity bonuses and specialty pay for the Water Rescue/Dive Rescue Teams have also been included per the contract. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table. For the past few years, power units consisting of two-person EMS units were funded from Memorial Day to Labor Day and special event weekends as needed. In FY 19, 189 shifts were added from September through May at an additional cost of $99,092. An allowance for the sick leave act has also been included at $30,829. Overtime has been budgeted to remain the same. Benefit cost allocations increased for health insurance and retiree health. Retirement costs increase $111,670 for FY 20.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes $40,000 for required physicals for all Fire/EMS personnel. This cost includes the cost of a comprehensive physical, stress ECGs and blood tests for haz mat technicians. Training and travel costs, also included here, are budgeted at $17,405. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase $10,809 for FY 20. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $3,408. Stryker power stretcher maintenance increases to cover 10 units and is funded at $16,000. Maintenance on the power load system increases from five units to six, and is funded at $9,570. All other equipment maintenance totals $8,080. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category decreases $7,080 from FY 19. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $11,910. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $19,000, and docking stations for tablets funded in the IT budget have been funded at $5,500. Uniform costs are funded at $103,075 for FY 20. Energy costs are anticipated to decrease slightly. Vehicle fuel and maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 20. Intragovernmental allocations for IT Services, and insurance decrease, while the allocation for vehicle lease increases. A 50 person mass casualty trailer was funded through a grant in FY 19. Replacement tablets and Toughbook computers have been funded through the IT budget. A replacement ambulance has been included in the Vehicle Trust fund budget.