VOLUNTEER FIRE

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are three full-time positions in this division, two firefighter/mechanics and one clerical position. As a full-time Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion position was added to the Human Resources budget in FY 23, the part-time Recruitment and Retention Coordinator position was deleted. Although it was funded in FY 22, it had not been filled. Salary changes include a step increase effective January 1, 2023. Allocations for health insurance increase, while the allocation for retirement decreases. No contribution for retiree health has been funded.

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 22 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 increase $5,448 in FY 23. Phone costs, radio maintenance and Verizon wireless cards are funded in this line item. Six replacement pagers were funded at a cost of $3,480. The Fire Company insurance policies are budgeted at $92,275. 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 $15,737. Building maintenance is projected to increase $8,806. Only routine maintenance is funded in FY 23. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been included at $30,500. Operational supplies include items such as replacement hose, shop supplies, and marine unit supplies. Funded equipment includes: two Jaws of Life Ram tools at a cost of $38,350. Six revel scout lights have also been funded at $8,460. 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 remain level for FY 23. 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, $175,000. Specific maintenance items include the LED light tower upgrade for vehicle 707, $29,900; upfitting costs for a Chief’s vehicle, $15,395; and KME light tower upgrades (4), $16,080. The allocations for radio equipment and insurance increase. Capital outlay reflects an increase of the Town’s contribution to the fire equipment fund from $517,500 to $520,000. Funding will remain at $520,000 for FY 24 and FY 25 as part of the Fire Apparatus replacement funding. Elevator repair at Fire headquarters was funded at $170,000 in FY 22.