Council Workshop on Fire Department Staffing Set for Thursday
City Council and Ocean City Fire Department officials will discuss a proposal to save money by changing the department staffing model.
City Council will hold a workshop meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, to discuss a proposal to save money by changing the Ocean City Fire Department staffing model.
The public session is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library.
At a Nov. 29 City Council meeting, Councilman Keith Hartzell presented a proposed new staffing model that he suggests, over time, could save Ocean City taxpayers more than $400,000 annually. The basic premise of the proposal is to replace a select number of retiring firefighters with lower-paid emergency medical technicians.
Hartzell suggested the next step in the process should be a workshop with input from the mayor's administration and the Fire Department.
Fire Department representatives have questioned the feasibility of the proposal.