TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 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 was increased from $5,000 per paramedic to $8,000 per paramedic in FY 20. The per-ambulance subsidy remained at $10,000, but reimbursement for 24/7 coverage was increased from $40,000 to $50,000 in FY 20. For FY 21, we anticipate receiving the per paramedic subsidy for 24 full-time equivalents for an additional $192,000. County grants following this formula for the calendar year 2019 information have been included at $1,518,703.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 20 budget includes forty-five full-time positions. Positions included are: a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, an Assistant Chief, four Captains, six Lieutenants, and thirty-two Firefighter/EMTs. In FY 20, the savings from two retiring Firefighter/EMT positions were used to fill the retirees’ positions and to fund an additional Firefighter/EMT position. The savings from two retiring Captain positions will be used to fund a part-time Training Officer position in FY 21. Per the contract, one step will be granted on July 1, 2020. Specialty pay for the Water Rescue/Dive Teams and Bomb Squad have also been included per the contract. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table. Power units consisting of two-person EMS units have been funded. In addition, funding for Paramedic 7 has been included at $171,014. Paramedic 7 will operate from October through April. An allowance for the sick leave act has also been included at $30,829. Regular overtime has been budgeted to increase $14,470. Benefit cost allocations increase for pension, as FY 21 is the first year of funding for the contract changes, which have been estimated at $86,000. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health, and worker’s compensation decrease.

 

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. A peer support team clinician has been added at $4,000. Training and travel costs, also included here, are budgeted at $19,289. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase $4,146 for FY 21. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $3,954. Stryker power stretcher maintenance covers 10 units and is funded at $16,000. Maintenance on the power load system is funded at $9,570. All other equipment maintenance totals $11,680. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category increases $39,475 from FY 20. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $10,420. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $19,500, and a Lucas III Mechanical CPR system has been funded at $14,500. Five Knox box narc safes have been funded at $9,750. Uniform costs are funded at $132,800 for FY 21. Five additional sets of fire gear have been included at $11,750, uniform costs for both full and part-time employees increase $12,200, and Class A uniforms have been budgeted at $5,625. Vehicle fuel decreases, but vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 21. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease, radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance all increase for FY 21. A replacement ambulance has been funded through Vehicle Trust.