FIRE MARSHAL

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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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 $365,500, a projected increase of $63,500. The increase is due to an increase in the popularity of beach bonfires, and to an increased number of plan reviews.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Eight 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 Deputy Fire Marshal 1, and an Administrative Coordinator. A Fire Safety Inspector position has been added in FY 23. A step increase has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit on July 1, 2022. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2023. A part-time Fire Inspector and a part-time bonfire inspector have been funded in the FY 23 budget at a cost of $52,990. A temporary Administrative Assistant has also been funded to cover scheduled leave for the full-time Administrative Coordinator and to continue a scanning project for the Fire Marshal’s office. Group insurance increases for this division and includes health insurance for the requested position. Retirement and worker’s compensation decrease. No funding has been included for retiree health (OPEB).

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Comprehensive physicals, communications expense, and training are examples of costs included in Contracted Services. Estimates for Communications increase $4,084 for FY 23, and include funding for cell phones for each full-time investigator. Training increases $4,817, as attendance at the Police Academy has been funded. The FY 23 budget includes classes for MFRI plans examiner and MIFRI fire investigator, National Fire Academy technical training and monthly bomb training. The monthly fee for the online bonfire permitting system has been included at $2,220. Sandblasting and repainting of the explosive magazine has been funded at $2,500. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to remain level for FY 23. Equipment maintained in this division includes x-ray machines, a dosimeter and hazardous materials id equipment. Fire and bomb investigation equipment has been funded at $6,850 in the Supplies & Materials line item. A cradlepoint and antenna for the bomb trailer has also been funded at $2,400. Overall, Operational Supplies increase $800. Uniform costs are funded at $8,010. 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 increase $1,315. Vehicle maintenance costs increase $3,500. Intragovernmental allocations increase for Vehicle lease, radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance. A vehicle for the additional position has been funded through Vehicle Trust.