TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED 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 $197,500, a projected decrease of $13,500. In FY 19, funds received from Homeland Securities grants were included, and will be added to the FY 21 budget as received.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Seven full-time employees are included in this division. Two positions have been eliminated since 2009. Retirement of the Deputy Fire Chief and the Plans Examiner in FY20 are reflected in the FY 21 budget. A Deputy Fire Marshal I position and a part-time Fire Safety Inspector position will replace the Plans Examiner position. A step increase has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit and the Command staff on July 1, 2020. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2021. Pension and health insurance allocations increase for this division, while the allocations for retiree health 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 increases slightly for FY 21. Training has been budgeted at $19,325 and includes a fire investigation course, $5,070; Bomb school, $7,750; and a Fire Protection/Code Enforcement course, $1,100. Funds were also included to send one employee to the Police Academy. The monthly fee for the online bonfire permitting system has been included at $2,200. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to remain level for FY 21. 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 $2,600 for repair parts has been included in Operational Supplies. Overall, Operational Supplies decrease $3,550. Uniform costs are funded at $1,530 more than FY 20. The safety shoe allowance is set at $190 per pair as part of the bargaining agreement. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the FY 19 actual number of gallons, and is expected to increase $677. Vehicle maintenance costs decrease, but include $12,250 for upfitting costs for one vehicle included in the Vehicle Trust Fund budget. Intragovernmental expenses reflect an increase in the allocations for Vehicle lease, radio equipment lease and insurance and a decrease in the allocation for IT services. No capital outlay has been included for this division. One replacement pickup truck was included in Vehicle Trust for this division.