CAREER FIRE/EMS

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 ADOPTED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

Fee increases were implemented in FY 22, as the fee schedule had 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 were increased from $450 to $500 in FY 22. Advanced life support level one fees were increased from $600 to $700 and advanced life support level two fees were 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 22, the Town was also reimbursed $323,350 for service to West Ocean City. In FY 22, Worcester County added a supplement for full EMS coverage during peak hours at $115,000.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 23 budget includes fifty-five full-time positions. Positions included are: a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, an Assistant Chief, four Battalion Chiefs, eight Lieutenants, and forty Firefighter/EMTs. Two EMT IV positions were added during FY 22 and two more have been included in the FY 23 budget. Application has been made for SAFER grants to fund twelve additional positions. Per the IAFF contract, one step will be granted on July 1, 2022. Specialty pay for the Water Rescue/Dive Teams and Bomb Squad have been included per the contract. A part time Training Officer position has been funded since FY 21. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table. Part-time funding has been reduced to offset the addition of two additional full-time positions. As a result, funding for part-time staff decreased $166,059. An allowance for the sick leave act has also been included at $30,350 for part- time employees. Regular overtime has been budgeted to increase $10,090, while premium overtime has been budgeted to increase $10,000, from $375,000 to $385,000. Benefit costs increase for health insurance, retirement, and worker’s compensation. No funding has been included for retiree health insurance.

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 $18,698. A gas meter exchange program has been included at $43,200. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase $11,731 for FY 23. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $3,690. Stryker power stretcher maintenance covers 11 units and is funded at $10,979. Maintenance on the ten power load systems is funded at $13,000. A service plan on the 11 Zoll heart monitors is funded at $15,851. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category increases $20,172 from FY 22. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $10,210. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $21,500, and a Lucas III Mechanical CPR system has been funded at $15,500. Also funded are the following: fire prevention supplies, $6,000; CPR manikins, $4,200; and three replacement stairchairs, $9,450. Funding will be requested from the Paramedic Foundation for three additional stairchairs. Uniform costs are funded at $139,800 for FY 23, including 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 $3,750. Vehicle fuel and vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 23. Intragovernmental allocations for radio equipment lease, vehicle lease, and insurance all increase for FY 23, while the allocation for IT Services decreases.