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Berwyn Fire Company - 2015 Budget Presentations

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Berwyn Fire Company 2015 Budget Presentations that were presented to Easttown Township on October 20, 2014 and Tredyffrin Township on November 17, 2014.

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Berwyn Fire Company - 2015 Budget Presentations

  1. 1. Protecting Tredyffrin & Easttown Townships Since 1894 Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors 2015 Budget Presentation November 17, 2014
  2. 2. Outline of Budget Presentation I. Overview II. Budget III. Funding Request
  3. 3. Services Provided to Tredyffrin Township Fire Suppression Fire Prevention Emergency Planning Fire Police Traffic Safety Unit Basic Life Support (EMS) Advanced Life Support Specialized Rescue (EMS)
  4. 4. Who Are We? • 81 Volunteers – Firefighters – EMTs – Paramedics – Fire Police – New Members • 37 Paid (Career Staff) – Firefighter/Paramedics – Firefighter/EMTs – (9) Full-Time – (28) Part-Time • Over 90% of our Volunteers live in Tredyffrin or Easttown Townships. • The majority of our Career Staff employees volunteer with fire or EMS organizations in their hometowns.
  5. 5. Quality of Your Fire Company • Recognized by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner as a Participating Department for the 4th time since 2005. • One of 38 fire companies in PA with 100% of its firefighters, over the age of 18, trained in accordance with nationally recognized standards. To put this in perspective, there are 1,800 fire companies and fire departments in PA. • Most certified firefighters at the Firefighter I level in Chester County. Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Office of the State Fire Commissioner http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certification/11302/participating_department_recognition_program/683556
  6. 6. Tredyffrin Township Call Data 430 513 483 473 424 1,151 1,251 1,247 1,251 989 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Q1-Q3) Fire EMS Note: These figures don’t include responses to Easttown Twp. and other municipalities.
  7. 7. Impact of New Development & Redevelopment Projects Fire/EMS Considerations • Increased Call Volume • Volunteer & Paid Staffing Needs • Additional Residential Structures • Additional Commercial Structures • Need for fire and life safety pre-planning • Need for fire inspection • Response Times Residential & Commercial Projects • Chesterbrook Village Shopping Center – New Residential & Commercial Space • Richter Tract – Proposed New Residential & Commercial Space • Westlakes Office Park – Future New Commercial • The Plaza at Strafford Station – Newly constructed 55+ community building • Former Jimmy Duffy Property – Assisted Living Facility Under Construction • Next to Nectar Restaurant – Proposed New Residential • Certainteed Saint-Gobain Property – Future mixed use space, including Residential • PENNMedicine at Valley Forge – Existing New Medical Facility • CrossPoint at Valley Forge – Existing New Office Building Note: All locations listed fall within Berwyn Fire Company’s primary fire/EMS area, with the exception of the Former Jimmy Duffy Property. Berwyn provides primary ALS to this location, while Paoli Fire Company provides primary fire and BLS. This also does not include any vacant buildings that are now occupied or that have undergone renovations since 2013. An example of this is 1250 Drummers Lane now occupied by Universal Health Systems.
  8. 8. 2015 Projected Revenue $834,000 $110,000 $18,000 $186,000 $190,000 $196,000 EMS Billing Income Fund Raising Tredyffrin Township Communications Tower (Emergency and Commercial) & Rental Property Easttown Township Grants, Donations & Merchandise Projected Revenue Total: $1,534,000
  9. 9. 2015 Projected Expenses $45,000 $33,000 $31,000 $1,218,000 $71,000 $80,000 $207,000 $82,000 $64,000 Personnel - Career Service Delivery Facilities Administration, Events & Interest Vehicles Personnel - Volunteer Communications Tower (Emergency and Tower) Professional Fees Fundraising Projected Expense Total: $1,831,000
  10. 10. Key Budget Assumptions • Revenues – Grants - flat – Fund Raising - flat – EMS Billing • Basic Life Support - flat • Advanced Life Support - declining – Easttown Twp. Contribution – flat – Tredyffrin Twp. Contribution – flat • Expenses – Personnel (Volunteer) +25% – Vehicles +16% – Service Delivery +15% – Personnel (Career) +4%
  11. 11. Actual Tax Dollars Spent on Fire Companies • The actual number of combined taxpayer dollars that is contributed to Berwyn, Paoli and Radnor fire companies by Tredyffrin Township is $438,670. • This excludes the $148,000 in fire hydrant fees that are paid directly to AQUA Pennsylvania that Tredyffrin has included in the total expense for fire companies. The fire companies don’t receive this money. • This excludes the $440,000 in State Aid Pass-through that Tredyffrin has included in the total expense for fire companies. This funding is split 50/50 between Berwyn and Paoli. This is NOT taxpayer money. The fire companies are 100% responsible for the management of these restricted funds.
  12. 12. What is State Aid Pass Through? • Restricted dollars – Cannot fund paid staffing, which is the largest recurring expense for the volunteer fire companies. • Generally, State Aid Pass Through (aka Relief Association Funds) are funds received from Out-of-State Commercial Insurance Companies not domiciled in PA. • NOT derived from Township or State taxpayer dollars. This is not part of the taxes that support Berwyn Fire Company, Paoli Fire Company or Radnor Fire Company. • Contribution varies year-to-year. The individual fire company is responsible for the financial management of these funds, NOT the Township. • Contributions are defined by Commonwealth of PA – Auditor General’s Office. • Municipality determines the allocation to volunteer fire companies.
  13. 13. 2015 Municipal Capital Funding Tredyffrin Township $94,000 Easttown Township $47,000 Tower 2 was purchased in 2011 for $953,494. Engine 2-2 was purchased in 2007 for $384,955. The Berwyn Fire Company operates (11) emergency vehicles that cost $2,708,978 when purchased new. This does not include any equipment on the vehicles. The township capital funding contribution is applied toward the purchase of these vehicles, along with money the fire company raises from donation, loans and non-taxpayer Relief funding.
  14. 14. Tredyffrin Township Funding Request • $50,000 in additional funding to fill existing staffing gaps. • Fire and EMS leadership has identified this funding need as a priority to ensure adequate staffing levels are maintained. • This funding will be utilized specifically to address staffing challenges responding to simultaneous fire and EMS incidents. It will also help shrink the gap during low volunteer turnout situations.
  15. 15. Moving Forward Defining topics that need Solutions • Funding • Organizing Resources & Staffing Effectively • Physical investments & Infrastructure • Township Adoption of Standards
  16. 16. General Information Berwyn Fire Company 23 Bridge Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312 610-644-6050 (Office) info@berwynfireco.org (Email) Please visit our website at: www.BerwynFireCo.org Protecting Tredyffrin & Easttown Townships Since 1894
  17. 17. Easttown Township Board of Supervisors 2015 Budget Presentation October 20, 2014
  18. 18. Outline of Budget Presentation I. Overview II. Budget III. Funding Request
  19. 19. Services Provided to Easttown Township Fire Suppression Fire Prevention Emergency Planning Fire Police Traffic Safety Unit Basic Life Support (EMS) Advanced Life Support Specialized Rescue (EMS)
  20. 20. Who Are We? • 81 Volunteers – Firefighters – EMTs – Paramedics – Fire Police – New Members • 37 Paid (Career Staff) – Firefighter/Paramedics – Firefighter/EMTs – (9) Full-Time – (28) Part-Time • Over 90% of our Volunteers live in Easttown or Tredyffrin Townships. • The majority of our Career Staff employees volunteer with fire or EMS organizations in their hometowns.
  21. 21. Quality of Your Fire Company • Recognized by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner as a Participating Department for the 4th time since 2005. • One of 38 fire companies in PA with 100% of its firefighters, over the age of 18, trained in accordance with nationally recognized standards. To put this in perspective, there are 1,800 fire companies and fire departments in PA. • Most certified firefighters at the Firefighter I level in Chester County. Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Office of the State Fire Commissioner http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certification/11302/participating_department_recognition_program/683556
  22. 22. Easttown Township Call Data 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Q1-Q3) EMS Fire Note: These figures don’t include responses to Tredyffrin Twp. and other municipalities.
  23. 23. 2015 Projected Revenue $834,000 $110,000 $18,000 $186,000 $190,000 $196,000 EMS Billing Income Fund Raising Tredyffrin Township Communications Tower (Emergency and Commercial) & Rental Property Easttown Township Grants, Donations & Merchandise Projected Revenue Total: $1,534,000
  24. 24. 2015 Projected Expenses $45,000 $33,000 $31,000 $1,218,000 $71,000 $80,000 $207,000 $82,000 $64,000 Personnel - Career Service Delivery Facilities Administration, Events & Interest Vehicles Personnel - Volunteer Communications Tower (Emergency and Tower) Professional Fees Fundraising Projected Expense Total: $1,831,000
  25. 25. Key Budget Assumptions • Revenues – Grants - flat – Fund Raising - flat – EMS Billing • Basic Life Support - flat • Advanced Life Support - declining – Easttown Twp. Contribution – flat – Tredyffrin Twp. Contribution – flat • Expenses – Personnel (Volunteer) +25% – Vehicles +16% – Service Delivery +15% – Personnel (Career) +4%
  26. 26. Easttown Township Funding Request • $50,000 in additional funding for filling staffing coverage gaps that currently exist. • Fire and EMS leadership have identified this as a priority in ensuring adequate staffing levels are maintained. • The intent is to devote this funding specifically to address problems with response to simultaneous EMS incidents and during low volunteer turnout situations for fire and EMS calls.
  27. 27. Capital and Relief Association CAPITAL • Easttown Township Capital Contribution = $47,000 • Tredyffrin Township Capital Contribution= $94,000 RELIEF ASSOCIATION • Generally, Relief funds are from Commercial Insurance Companies • Contributions defined by Commonwealth of PA – Auditor General’s Office • Municipality determines allocation to fire companies • Contribution varies year-to-year • Restricted dollars – Cannot fund paid staffing
  28. 28. Moving Forward Defining topics that need Solutions • Funding • Organizing Resources & Staffing Effectively • Physical investments & Infrastructure • Township Adoption of Standards
  29. 29. General Information Berwyn Fire Company 23 Bridge Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312 610-644-6050 (Office) info@berwynfireco.org (Email) Please visit our website at: www.BerwynFireCo.org Protecting Easttown & Tredyffrin Townships Since 1894

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