TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

VOLUNTEER FIRE DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are three full-time positions in this division, two firefighter/mechanics and one clerical position. Salary changes include a step increase effective January 1, 2018. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health, pension and worker’s compensation are projected to increase for FY 18, with the major increases in health insurance and pension.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include such items as: training, fire company physicals, equipment maintenance, communications, and fire company insurance policies. Approved training decreases $1,600 from the FY 17 adopted budget and includes two training sessions for the Firefighter/mechanic positions. Attendance at the FDIC and the IAFC conferences have also been included. Communications expense is anticipated to decrease $2,326 in FY 18. Phone costs, replacement pagers and Verizon wireless cards are funded in this line item. The Fire Company insurance policies are budgeted at $64,575, a slight increase from FY 17. Physicals for volunteer firemen have been budgeted at a cost of $35,500, an increase of $5,500 over FY 17. Fire hose testing and Hurst tool testing have been included at a combined cost of $23,075. Maintenance on the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus has been funded at $9,490. Building and equipment maintenance are projected to increase $55,116. Replacement of five gas fired furnaces at Fire Station 1 has been included at $44,000. Skim coating of the kitchen and bathroom tile at Headquarters at $15,000, tube overhead radiant heat at Station 4 at $16,000 and painting the Engine bay at Station 2 for $8,800 have been funded. Operational supplies include items such as replacement hose, shop supplies, and marine unit supplies. Fire fighter turnout gear has been included at a cost of $37,600. Replacement Class “A” uniforms, at a cost of $38,000 were funded in the FY 17 budget. Energy costs are funded slightly lower than the FY 17 adopted level. Vehicle fuel costs have been budgeted to decrease next fiscal year, and are based on the average number of gallons used in the past few fiscal years. An allowance for fuel costs for the fire boat has been included at $10,000. Vehicle maintenance costs increase and include $20,000 to purchase equipment for the new brush truck, and $30,000 for hydraulic hose repairs on Tower 6. Routine items such as tires, brake drums and valves for the other fire apparatus make up the remainder of the cost. Allocations for IT Services and property insurance decrease for this division. Capital outlay reflects an increase of the Town’s contribution to the fire equipment fund of $40,000, for total annual funding of $213,910. Funding for replacement generators at Headquarters and Station 2 have been included at a combined cost of $107,000.