OC Fire Dept. looks to fill several vacancies, recent collective bargaining agreement possible incentive


OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Ocean City Fire Department is boosting their recruitment efforts in order to fill vacancies.

Last month, the department’s local union and town leadership reached a collective bargaining agreement with some significant changes.

Those changes include increased wages and pension rates and additional health care benefits for retirees.

We spoke with the department’s Public Information Officer Ryan Whittington who says he hopes these changes will help fill some of their most crucial roles. “The number of advance ALS paramedics that we’ve seen coming through the door have decreased. We’re hopeful that through our collective bargaining agreement we will recruit some folks that say Ocean City is where I want to come work and we can get them in the door,” Whittington said.

A new contract was also negotiated for the department in that agreement, extending the current contract until June 2027.

We’re told the department has several part-time firefighter and EMS positions open.

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