TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED 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, 2019. Benefits for the Retention/Recruitment Coordinator, budgeted at $19,343 and funded by the Town, have been included. Allocations for health insurance and pension increase, while the allocation for retiree health decreases.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include such items as: training, fire company physicals, equipment maintenance, communications, and fire company insurance policies. Approved training increases $1,063 from the FY 18 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 increase $4,548 in FY 19. Phone costs, replacement pagers and Verizon wireless cards are funded in this line item. The Fire Company insurance policies are budgeted at $72,318, an increase of $7,743 from FY 18. Physicals for volunteer firemen have been budgeted at a cost of $32,000, a decrease of $3,500 from FY 18. 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 $9,835. Building maintenance is projected to decrease $19,087. Replacement of five gas fired furnaces at Fire Station 1 were included in FY 18 at a cost of $44,000. Roof replacement at Station 2 has been funded at $18,000, and interior repairs have been funded at Headquarters, Station 2 and Station 4 at a cost of $18,000. 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. Three replacement thermal imaging cameras have been included at a cost of $30,600. Energy costs are funded slightly higher than the FY 18 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 $37,860 for replacement tires, and $25,046 for repairs to the back body/cab doors on R-1. Routine items such as brake drums, valves, and other parts make up the remainder of the cost. Allocations for IT Services and property insurance increase for this division. Capital outlay reflects an increase of the Town’s contribution to the fire equipment fund of $25,000, for total annual funding of $238,910. Funding for replacement of the lintel, door and façade at Station 2 at a cost of $100,000 and Station 3 improvements at a cost of $120,000 have been included. Station 3 improvements include sealing ductwork, upgrading the HVAC, installation of a plymovent system, and replacing the generator.