TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET
VOLUNTEER FIRE DIVISION
There are three full-time positions in this division, two firefighter/mechanics and one clerical position. A retention/recruitment coordinator position, funded by the Volunteers, has been included. Salary changes include a step increase effective January 1, 2020. No allowance for interdepartmental labor has been included. Benefits for the Retention/Recruitment Coordinator, budgeted at $11,513 and funded by the Town, have been included. Allocations for health insurance and worker’s compensation decrease, while the allocation for retirement increases.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include such items as: training, fire company physicals, equipment maintenance, communications, and fire company insurance policies. Approved training decreases $1,814 from the FY 20 adopted budget and includes one training session for the Firefighter/mechanic positions. Attendance at the Fire House Expo and the highrise operations conference have also been included. Communications expense is anticipated to increase $4,587 in FY 21. Phone costs, radio maintenance and Verizon wireless cards are funded in this line item. Twenty pagers were requested at a cost of $11,300, but were funded through a County grant in FY 20. Welding repairs to ladder racks and the rescue boat pump davit arm have been funded at $8,500. The Fire Company insurance policies are budgeted at $70,000. Physicals for volunteer firemen have been budgeted at a cost of $32,000. Fire hose testing and Hurst tool testing have been included at a combined cost of $23,500. Maintenance on the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus has been funded at $12,048. Building maintenance is projected to decrease $25,369. Renovation of the gear cleaning and kitchenette areas are funded at $6,000. Rebuilding of the Cascade system is budgeted at $10,000. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been included at $14,000. Operational supplies include items such as replacement hose, shop supplies, and marine unit supplies. Funded equipment includes: Hurst Jaws of life cutter, spreader, combo tool and two rams for engine 701, $58,825; two battery operated Hurst jaws of life, $25,700; and four thermal imaging cameras, $20,000. Equipment for the new rescue truck has been included at $107,975. Fire fighter turnout gear has been included at a cost of $47,000. Boots, hoods, lights, helmets and duty crew uniforms have been included at $20,000. Energy costs are anticipated to decrease from the FY 20 adopted budget. Vehicle fuel and vehicle parts have been budgeted to decrease for FY 21. An allowance for fuel costs for the fire boat has been included at $10,000. Vehicle maintenance costs include funding for an average year of repairs, $129,635 plus $50,415 for specific maintenance items such as tires, LED light upgrades, and marine unit maintenance. The allocation for IT Services decreases, while the allocations for insurance and radio equipment lease increase. Capital outlay reflects an increase of the Town’s contribution to the fire equipment fund of $150,000, for total annual funding of $400,000. Elevator repair at Fire headquarters has been funded at $170,000. Building maintenance on Stations 2 and 3 were included in FY 19 at a cost of $220,000.