TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 $200,500, a projected increase of $13,500. In FY 16, funds received from Homeland Securities grants were included, and will be added to the budget as received.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Seven full-time employees are included in this division. Two positions have been eliminated since 2009. A Fire Safety Inspector position was requested, but not funded. A step increase and a 1.5% COLA has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit and the Command staff on July 1, 2017. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2018. One employee is scheduled to be promoted from Deputy Fire Marshal I to Deputy Fire Marshal II. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health and pension increase.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Comprehensive physicals, communications expense, and training are examples of costs included in Contracted Services. Estimates for Communications and medical payments remain steady for FY 18. Training has been budgeted at $6,917 and includes hazardous materials training, monthly bomb training and attendance for one employee at the International Association of Arson Investigators seminar. FBI Hazardous Device School will be funded through Homeland Securities grants, a savings of $6,225. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to decrease. Equipment maintained in this division includes x-ray machines, a dosimitor and hazardous materials id equipment. Maintenance on the bomb robot has been completed in-house since FY 15. An allowance of $4,650 for repair parts has been included in Operational Supplies. Uniform costs are funded $328 lower than the FY 17 adopted level. The safety shoe allowance is set at $190 per pair as part of the bargaining agreement. Items funded with Homeland Security grants were included in FY 16, resulting in higher expenses that year. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the three-year average number of gallons, and is expected to increase $699. In FY 16, Vehicle maintenance included $6,200 for the purchase of a light package and truck cap for the replacement vehicle approved in the Vehicle Trust Fund. Intragovernmental expenses reflect an increase in the allocation for IT services. No capital outlay has been included for this division. No vehicle replacements for this division have been proposed in the Vehicle Trust Fund.