Ocean City Fire and Rescue serves a unique island 
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community with a year round population of 11,000 and 
increases to 15...
OC Beach Patrol – see additional PowerPoint
Year in review
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Fire Department Overview
Staffing
Apparatus
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Stati...
Fire Department currently has 62 uniformed personnel
3 platoon system – 20 assigned per platoon
Most fire dept’s run 4 pla...
Minimum staffing per day – 16 personnel
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24 Hour shifts – Rotating basis –
Days/Nights – Holidays and weekends

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Currently running  ‐ 3 Stations
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2 – Engines / 1 – Quint 75’ / 1 ‐ Truck 105’
2 – Ambulances – BLS units
Ocean City
3 –Station’s
10.7 sq. miles
10 7 sq  miles

Ventnor Heights

62 – FTE’s
Ventnor City
Margate City
North Wildwoo...
Ocean City Fire
62 personnel

Others
Wildwood
18 Firefighters

North Wildwood
13 Firefighters
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Margate
35 Firefighters

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3000
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1500

EMS
1000
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2010

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2012

2013
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52%

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Fire Calls
EMS Calls
Have been strategically placed and located to cover all 
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areas of the island, with the sole purpose of arriving ‐‐‐
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Fire department assumed services in 1996
Fire service‐based emergency medical services (EMS) 
systems are strategically po...
Every vehicle is equipped with medical gear
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Sometimes arrive first and begin care
Cuts down on the golden hour
Begin l...
Quicker response
Facilitates faster care 
9‐1‐1 to hospital

Provides additional help
Improves continuity of care
Delivers...
City building
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Common buildings
Large gathering areas
In the home
Education 
Every fire department vehicle has one
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Several of the police vehicles have one
All city buildings have one
During the sum...
2012

2013

10 ‐Cardiac Arrest’s
6 – Had a ROSC
2 – V‐FIB / AED
100% ‐ with Early D‐FIB

12 – Cardiac Arrest’s
2 – Had a R...
Provides advanced care
Private service – ARMC
Control by the state
Regulated
Certificate of NEED
Need a change in Laws
Calls
3000
2500
2000
1500

Calls

1000
500
0
2010

2011

2012

2013
1800
1600
1400
1200
1000

Season

800

Off season
Off 

600
400
200
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2009

2010

2011

2012
Still Arriving in the 
Still A i i  i  th  
crucial window!!
2‐3 min’s avg
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2 Station – model
34th Street ‐ Area
2 Station – model
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2 stations 
decrease services and increases responses times

Allows fire to grow – small to large
Less chance of survival
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Keeps small fires SMALL
Decrease potential injury and loss to life
Many success stories
Helps us participate in shared ser...
Decrease the use of overtime
Escalating in the past few years

Advent/Use of Part‐time employees
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Help of...
450
400

In Thousands

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300
250

Budgeted

200

Actual

150
100
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0
2009

2010

2011

2012

2013
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5.9

In M
Millions

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5.7
Budgeted

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5.6

Actual

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5.4
5.3
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5.2
2009

2010

2011

2012

2013
We have experienced unexpected shortfalls
Been running short
Injuries on and off duty
Long term illnesses

Staffing was 66...
A look at the current state of the department
Suppression only

Assessing the needs
Training – keeping up with requirement...
Financial Goals
Ove t e costs to be educed by $75,000
Overtime costs to be reduced by $75,000 – 1st year
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Use of a seas...
Fire Prevention is the key to fire loss reduction
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It is much more efficient to prevent a fire than to 
engage in the lab...
Dedicated Training Office
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New program – fresh start
Safe work place training
Standardized training 
Consistent delivery ...
Teaching of Fire Safety
Community groups
Schools – Children
Businesses
General awareness
Public information media

Health ...
Evaluate our current model
Statistics / risk assessment

Taking a advantage of our off season to dedicate efforts 
into pr...
Yearly response
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Call Volume

The work load
Summer time
May to October

Winter time
Wi t  ti
October to May

NFPA
Standar...
Annual Call Volume

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2500
2000
Fire avg 2450
EMS avg 2700

1500
1000
500
0

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012
Average number of Fire Apparatus calls daily
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Summer

Winter
Location – Location – Location
Extremely quick response times
Dedicated personnel
Shift
Deputy Chief

Deputy Asst / Aide

Truck‐1/HQ

Eng‐2/Sta‐2

105’ ‐ quint

75’ ‐ quint

Capt/FF/FF

Capt/FF

Amb‐1

Am...
Deputy 
Chief
(open)
Eng‐1/HQ

Eng‐2/Sta‐2

Eng‐3/Sta‐3

Trk‐1/HQ

Capt/FF/FF

Capt/FF

Capt/FF/FF

Capt/FF/FF

Amb‐1

Amb...
Staffing of 16 to 17 – Summer Months
Staffing of 16 to 17 
Operations return as normal

Shift
Deputy Chief

Engine -1 (3)
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Establish – Fire Inspections Office
Establish – Community Education Office
Special...
Reduction of Overtime
Generation of Revenue, that already go to the state
Keeping it local

Use of part‐time employees to ...
We are not taking away services, we are utilizing them 
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in a better way to build and grow our base. Through 
trainin...
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013
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2013 Fire & Rescue Services Presentation Nov. 14, 2013

  1. 1. Ocean City Fire and Rescue serves a unique island  y community with a year round population of 11,000 and  increases to 150,000 in the summer months.  The city’s government leaders consider public safety a  Th   i ’    l d   id   bli   f     top priority and strongly advocate for the continued  high quality and delivery of emergency services within  its community.  The common goal is to continue to provide a safe  community that exemplifies – “America's Greatest Family Resort”
  2. 2. OC Beach Patrol – see additional PowerPoint Year in review Y  i   i Fire Department Overview Staffing Apparatus A t Stations EMS  Defibrillators BLS vs ALS Response Times – Crucial 2 station model vs 3 station’s 3 Pilot Program – Fire Prevention Bureau Government Surplus ‐ see additional PowerPoint
  3. 3. Fire Department currently has 62 uniformed personnel 3 platoon system – 20 assigned per platoon Most fire dept’s run 4 platoons or 42 hour work week – 2,184 56 hour work week – 2,912 hours per year 6 h   k  k   h     33% longer than your typical fire based service  ‐ 14 hours Cost saving in excess of $1.75 million a year If providing the same level of service – 20 per shift / 4 Shifts
  4. 4. Minimum staffing per day – 16 personnel g y 24 Hour shifts – Rotating basis – Days/Nights – Holidays and weekends Fire Fighters are trained as Firefighters and EMTS Dual role – Allows a better delivery of service
  5. 5. Currently running  ‐ 3 Stations y g 2 – Engines / 1 – Quint 75’ / 1 ‐ Truck 105’ 2 – Ambulances – BLS units
  6. 6. Ocean City 3 –Station’s 10.7 sq. miles 10 7 sq  miles Ventnor Heights 62 – FTE’s Ventnor City Margate City North Wildwood Wildwood 8.8 sq miles Combined 108 ‐ FTE’s
  7. 7. Ocean City Fire 62 personnel Others Wildwood 18 Firefighters North Wildwood 13 Firefighters g Margate 35 Firefighters Ventnor 42 Firefighters 108 TOTAL 
  8. 8. 3000 2500 2000 Fire 1500 EMS 1000 500 0 2010 2011 2012 2013
  9. 9. 5 year ave. ‐ of Calls for service % 52% 48% Fire Calls EMS Calls
  10. 10. Have been strategically placed and located to cover all  g y areas of the island, with the sole purpose of arriving ‐‐‐ ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐QUICKLY‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Fire Doubles every 30 seconds Each Firehouse has a 1 ½ mile radius and covers all  areas of town!!
  11. 11. Fire department assumed services in 1996 Fire service‐based emergency medical services (EMS)  systems are strategically positioned to deliver time      i ll   i i d   d li   i   critical response and effective patient care. Prehospital 9‐1‐1 emergency response is one of the  essential public safety functions provided by our fire  service 2 ambulances staffed and on call – 24 hours a day 4 y
  12. 12. Every vehicle is equipped with medical gear y g Sometimes arrive first and begin care Cuts down on the golden hour Begin life saving care with‐in minutes Improves patient experience Improves patient transfer of care Improves patients return to normal quality of life
  13. 13. Quicker response Facilitates faster care  9‐1‐1 to hospital Provides additional help Improves continuity of care Delivers accuracy
  14. 14. City building y g Common buildings Large gathering areas In the home Education 
  15. 15. Every fire department vehicle has one y Several of the police vehicles have one All city buildings have one During the summer there is 4 on the beach Coverage per less than a square mile all over town Always can improve KEYS – early 9‐1‐1, early CPR, Early D‐FIB
  16. 16. 2012 2013 10 ‐Cardiac Arrest’s 6 – Had a ROSC 2 – V‐FIB / AED 100% ‐ with Early D‐FIB 12 – Cardiac Arrest’s 2 – Had a ROSC 3 – V‐FIB / AED 66% ‐ With Early D‐FIB
  17. 17. Provides advanced care Private service – ARMC Control by the state Regulated Certificate of NEED Need a change in Laws
  18. 18. Calls 3000 2500 2000 1500 Calls 1000 500 0 2010 2011 2012 2013
  19. 19. 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 Season 800 Off season Off  600 400 200 0 2009 2010 2011 2012
  20. 20. Still Arriving in the  Still A i i  i  th   crucial window!! 2‐3 min’s avg 3 g
  21. 21. 2 Station – model 34th Street ‐ Area
  22. 22. 2 Station – model 34th Street ‐ Area Same Average – T S  A   Travel Speed l S d
  23. 23. 2 stations  decrease services and increases responses times Allows fire to grow – small to large Less chance of survival More strain on the firefighter and the operation Greater property loss Cost and time – Millions of dollars to complete C   d  i   Milli   f d ll     l
  24. 24. Keeps small fires SMALL Decrease potential injury and loss to life Many success stories Helps us participate in shared services Strathmere
  25. 25. Decrease the use of overtime Escalating in the past few years Advent/Use of Part‐time employees Ad /U   f P i   l Help offset the budget Inspections / Generation of revenue Keeping funds locally p g y
  26. 26. 450 400 In Thousands 350 300 250 Budgeted 200 Actual 150 100 50 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  27. 27. 6 5.9 In M Millions 5.8 5.7 Budgeted 5 5.6 Actual 5.5 54 5.4 5.3 5 5.2 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  28. 28. We have experienced unexpected shortfalls Been running short Injuries on and off duty Long term illnesses Staffing was 66 uniformed firefighters in 2005 Staffing was kept in place to meet the needs of the current  minimum staffing policy and same level of service.
  29. 29. A look at the current state of the department Suppression only Assessing the needs Training – keeping up with requirements Inspections / code enforcement and preplanning Emergency Preparedness Departmental Community  Community Education Fire Safety and Health/Welfare
  30. 30. Financial Goals Ove t e costs to be educed by $75,000 Overtime costs to be reduced by $75,000 – 1st year yea Use of a seasonal part‐time employee Long term goal is to cut OT usage in half (‐$200k) FIRE INSPECTION REVENUES 2014  = Cost revenue neutral      C     l  2015  = anticipated revenue $75,000 ‐ $100,000 2016    anticipated revenue $200,000  2016  = anticipated revenue $200,000 
  31. 31. Fire Prevention is the key to fire loss reduction y It is much more efficient to prevent a fire than to  engage in the labor intensive task of suppression. Fire prevention encompasses inspection, code  enforcement, investigation, and public education.
  32. 32. Dedicated Training Office g New program – fresh start Safe work place training Standardized training  Consistent delivery of services  Developing of response Guidelines Advances technology – new training  Can dedicate to special needs
  33. 33. Teaching of Fire Safety Community groups Schools – Children Businesses General awareness Public information media Health and Welfare H l h  d W lf Community CPR AED program p g Basic First Aid Heart Healthy Living
  34. 34. Evaluate our current model Statistics / risk assessment Taking a advantage of our off season to dedicate efforts  into proven programs!!! Address our greatest needs Summer season Adjust staffing Change our practices and policy’s Create opportunities pp
  35. 35. Yearly response y Call Volume The work load Summer time May to October Winter time Wi t  ti October to May NFPA Standards NIST 2 person 3 person 4 person  ISO Rating and effect g
  36. 36. Annual Call Volume 3000 2500 2000 Fire avg 2450 EMS avg 2700 1500 1000 500 0 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  37. 37. Average number of Fire Apparatus calls daily g pp y Summer Winter
  38. 38. Location – Location – Location Extremely quick response times Dedicated personnel
  39. 39. Shift Deputy Chief Deputy Asst / Aide Truck‐1/HQ Eng‐2/Sta‐2 105’ ‐ quint 75’ ‐ quint Capt/FF/FF Capt/FF Amb‐1 Amb‐2 (EMT/FF‐EMT) FF‐EMT/FF‐EMT FF EMT/FF EMT Eng‐3/Sta‐3 Capt/FF/FF/FF
  40. 40. Deputy  Chief (open) Eng‐1/HQ Eng‐2/Sta‐2 Eng‐3/Sta‐3 Trk‐1/HQ Capt/FF/FF Capt/FF Capt/FF/FF Capt/FF/FF Amb‐1 Amb‐2 (EMT/FF‐EMT) (FF‐EMT/FF‐EMT
  41. 41. Staffing of 16 to 17 – Summer Months Staffing of 16 to 17  Operations return as normal Shift Deputy Chief Engine -1 (3) g ( ) Pumper Engine -2 (2 or 3) 75’ + pumper Ambulance -1 A b l 1 EMT / EMT (P/T) Ambulance -2 A b l 2 FF-EMT / FFEMT Engine -3 (3) g ( ) Pumper Truck -1 (3) ( ) 105’
  42. 42. Establish – Dedicated Training Office g Establish – Fire Inspections Office Establish – Community Education Office Special projects coordinator  Staffing goes from 20 to 19 in the winter months Reallocation of staff provide more protection during  busiest times of the day Staffing stays the same during summer or busiest  months
  43. 43. Reduction of Overtime Generation of Revenue, that already go to the state Keeping it local Use of part‐time employees to reach these goals.  Building and advancing the training of FF’s Through compliance  Th h  li   Standards and proficiencies  Recertifications Inspections allow us to build our database of key  components  to the commercial district. Preplanning!
  44. 44. We are not taking away services, we are utilizing them  g y g in a better way to build and grow our base. Through  training, familiarization and community education. 

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