TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 17 has been set at the FY 16 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 was increased from $30,000 to $40,000. County grants have been included at $1,226,530.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 18 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. This is 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, 2017. A transitional bonus has also been funded per the contract. 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. Benefit cost allocations increased for health insurance, retiree health, pension and worker’s compensation, but decreased for unemployment. Employee benefits also include health insurance for one additional employee.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes $37,500 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 $15,945. Funding has been requested of the Paramedic Foundation for an additional $4,500 in training. Building and equipment maintenance costs decrease slightly for FY 17. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $6,235 as is the maintenance on the videolaryngoscopes, $10,788, and maintenance on other EMS equipment. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category decreases nearly $86,000, as the FY 17 budget included Phase II of the replacement of the City’s Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a cost of $72,273. Funding for the textbooks for EMS training has been requested of the Paramedic Foundation in FY 18. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $11,721. Uniform costs increase to $98,935 for FY 18. Energy costs are anticipated to decrease. Vehicle fuel costs and vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 18. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle lease and IT Services increase for FY 18. A continuation of the project to add tablets to the medic units has been included in the IT budget at $20,068. A replacement ambulance was approved through the Vehicle Trust fund budget.