TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET

FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

A 20% surcharge for Fire Marshal plan review is added to Planning & Zoning review fees. This method has been more successful in recovering costs associated with the process than methods used in the past. Fire Marshal revenue is budgeted at $302,000, a projected increase of $104,500. The increase is due to an increase in the popularity of beach bonfires.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Seven full-time employees are included in this division. Current staffing includes a Deputy Chief Fire Marshal, a Battalion Chief, a Deputy Fire Marshal 2, three Fire Safety Inspectors and an Administrative Coordinator. A step increase has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit and the Command staff on July 1, 2021. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2022. A part-time Fire Inspector and a part-time bonfire inspector have been funded in the FY 22 budget at a cost of $52,940. A temporary Administrative Assistant has also been funded to cover scheduled leave for the full-time Administrative Coordinator and to begin a scanning project for the Fire Marshal’s office. Pension and retiree health allocations increase for this division, while the allocations for health insurance and worker’s compensation decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Comprehensive physicals, communications expense, and training are examples of costs included in Contracted Services. Estimates for Communications decrease slightly for FY 22. Training decreases more than $10,000, as both bomb school and the Police Academy were included in the FY 21 budget. The FY 22 budget includes classes for NFPA code enforcement, advanced fire investigation, and interview techniques. The monthly fee for the online bonfire permitting system has been included at $2,220. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to remain level for FY 22. Equipment maintained in this division includes x-ray machines, a dosimeter and hazardous materials id equipment. Maintenance on the bomb robot has been completed in-house since FY 15. An allowance of $3,800 for robot repair and upgrades has been included in Operational Supplies. Overall, Operational Supplies increase $1,350. Uniform costs are funded at $7,420. The safety shoe allowance is set at $190 per pair as part of the bargaining agreement. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the three-year average number of gallons, and is expected to decrease $1,050. Vehicle maintenance costs decrease, as the FY 21 budget included $12,250 for up fitting costs for one vehicle. Intragovernmental allocations increase for Vehicle lease, radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance. No capital outlay has been included for this division and no replacement vehicles have been funded through Vehicle Trust.