TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
VOLUNTEER FIRE DIVISION
There are three full-time positions in this division, two firefighter/mechanics and one clerical position. The reduction in the Salary and Wages line item reflects the retirement of a long-term employee. Salary changes include a step increase effective January 1, 2021. Allocations for retiree health and retirement increase, and decrease for health insurance.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include such items as: training, fire company physicals, equipment maintenance, communications, and fire company insurance policies. Approved training is funded at the same level as FY 21 and includes one training session for the Firefighter/mechanic positions. Attendance at the Fire House Expo, the FDIC conference, Firemanship Days, and the High-Rise operations conferences have been included. Communications expense is anticipated to decrease $1,775 in FY 22. Phone costs, radio maintenance and Verizon wireless cards are funded in this line item. Twenty pagers were requested at a cost of $11,600, but were funded through a County grant in FY 21. Six portable radios with microphones were also requested, but were funded through departmental savings in FY 21. The Fire Company insurance policies are budgeted at $73,820. Physicals for volunteer firemen have been budgeted at a cost of $36,202. 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 increase $11,462. Only routine maintenance is funded in FY 22. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been included at $40,500. Operational supplies include items such as replacement hose, shop supplies, and marine unit supplies. Funded equipment includes: Hurst Jaws of life cutter, spreader, and ram at a total cost of $35,865. An additional Jaws of Life cutter and a combination tool were purchased with County grant funds in FY 21. Four thermal imaging cameras were also requested, but were funded with County grants in FY 21. Equipment for the new rescue truck was funded in FY 21 at $107,975. Fire fighter turnout gear has been included at a cost of $39,750. Boots, hoods, lights, helmets and duty crew uniforms have been included at $20,000. Energy costs are anticipated to decrease from the FY 21 adopted budget. Vehicle fuel and vehicle parts have been budgeted to increase for FY 22. An allowance for fuel costs for the fire boat has been included at $8,000. Vehicle maintenance costs include funding for an average year of repairs, $167,000 plus $25,000 for specific maintenance items such as tires and light packages. The allocations for IT Services and radio equipment lease increase. Capital outlay reflects an increase of the Town’s contribution to the fire equipment fund of $117,500, for total FY 22 funding of $517,500. Funding will increase to $520,000 for FY 23 through FY 25 as part of the Fire Apparatus replacement funding. Elevator repair at Fire headquarters has been funded at $170,000.