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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. In FY 23, the Town received $2,159,711 from Worcester County, which included the following additional items: ambulance allocation, $50,000; payment for service to West Ocean City, $365,182; and a supplement for full EMS coverage during peak hours, $115,000. Medicaid reimbursement, a new revenue source, has been estimated at $104,473.


The FY 24 budget includes seventy-three full-time positions. Positions included are: a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, an Assistant Chief, five Battalion Chiefs, twelve Lieutenants, a Community Engagement Officer and fifty-two Firefighter/EMTs. Since FY 21, twenty-eight full-time positions have been added to this division. Per the IAFF contract, one step will be granted on July 1, 2023, and a 3% COLA will be applied on January 1, 2024. Specialty pay for the Water Rescue/Dive Teams and Bomb Squad have been included per the contract. Part-time EMTs are paid at step 1 of the full-time pay table. Part-time funding has been reduced $451,537 to offset the additional full-time positions. 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 $69,991, from $379,739 to $449,730. Premium overtime increases to $588,676. Actual premium overtime for FY 22 was $1,103,380. Benefit costs increase for health insurance, retirement, and worker’s compensation. No funding has been included for retiree health insurance.


Contracted Services includes $30,199 for required physicals for all Fire/EMS personnel. A peer support team clinician was added in FY 21, and has been funded at $5,000. Training and travel costs, also included here, are budgeted at $15,367. A gas meter exchange program has been included at $42,084. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase $6,965 for FY 24. Dive Team equipment maintenance is included at $5,224. Stryker power stretcher maintenance covers 11 units and is funded at $12,100. Maintenance on the ten power load systems is funded at $14,000. The maintenance contract on the cardiac monitors was eliminated for one year, as new monitors are funded. Supplies and Materials include medical and training supplies and uniform costs. This category increases $13,004 from FY 23. Water Rescue Team supplies are included at a cost of $8,960. A replacement Stryker stretcher has been funded at $26,582, and a Lucas III Mechanical CPR system has been funded at $17,000. Funding has been requested of the Paramedic Foundation for 50% of the cost of these two pieces of equipment. Also funded are the following: fire prevention supplies, $6,000, replacement stretcher mattresses, $2,400 and dive lights and brackets, $4,080. Uniform costs are funded at $155,480 for FY 24, including uniforms for the additional full-time employees. Twelve sets of fire gear have been included at $38,400, and Class A uniforms have been budgeted at $5,560. Vehicle fuel and vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 24. Intragovernmental allocations for vehicle lease and IT services increase, while radio lease and insurance decrease. Eleven replacement Zoll X series cardiac monitors have been funded from fund balance. A replacement ambulance has been funded at $395,000 in Vehicle Trust.