TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 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. Revenue for FY 18 has been set at the FY 17 actual level.  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 $30,000. County grants have been included at $1,259,198

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 19 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 and a 1.5% cost of living adjustment will be granted on July 1, 2018. A transitional bonus was funded per the contract in FY 18 at a cost of $50,000. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table, which will increase 1.5% on July 1, resulting in an additional cost of $22,613 for part-time employees. 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. For 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 increase. Benefit cost allocations decreased for health insurance, retiree health, and worker’s compensation, but increased for pension contributions.

 

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 $16,298. Building and equipment maintenance costs decrease $20,415 for FY 18. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $3,404. Maintenance on the glidescope videolaryngoscope and the autopulses are not included as the division has switched to different, more efficient models. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category decreased nearly $86,000, from FY 17 to FY 18 as Phase II of the replacement of the City’s Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a cost of $72,273 was included in FY 17. WaterRescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $11,346. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $16,000, and operative IQ software has been funded at $4,600. Uniform costs are funded at $99,825 for FY 18. Energy costs are anticipated to decrease. Vehicle fuel costs decrease, but costs for vehicle maintenance are projected to increase. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle lease, IT Services, and insurance decrease for FY 19. A 50 person mass casualty trailer has been funded 50/50 with the Paramedic Foundation. Replacement tablets, replacement CF54s and inventory and access management software has been funded through the IT budget. A replacement ambulance has been included in the Vehicle Trust fund budget.