Our Value

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) developed a Fire Cost Savings Calculator to help communities assess the value provided by an all-volunteer fire department; the model was refined in 2014. Certain calculations leverage data from national averages and standards.

Overall findings for UMFC:

  • Annual savings: $3.832M
  • Per paid employee savings: $53,222
  • Savings per household: $1,308

 Note: data elements above the grey line are inputs; those below are model calculations.

  AMOUNT NOTES
 Area Protected (square miles)  22  Not Leveraged In model calculations
 Population Protected  8,190  Not Leveraged In model calculations
 Households Protected  2,930  
 Current Operating Expenses  $200,000  
Assets    
 – Stations  2  Not Leveraged In model calculations
 – Engines (Pumpers)  2  
 – Arial Trucks  –  
 – Tanker Trucks  2  
 – Rescue Trucks  1  
 – Utility Trucks  1  
 – Brush Trucks  –  
 – Ambulances  –  
Salary for Area Career Personnel    
 – Chief *  $85,000 Salaries based on Bucks Co. and neighboring paid fire company averages. Average salary for all 5 officer categories (marked with *) = $68,000.
 – Deputy Chief *  $83,000
 – Assistant Chief *  $58,000
 – Captain *  $60,000
 – Lieutenant *  $54,000
 – Driver  $49,000
 – Fire/Rescue Personnel  $37,000
 – Administrative  $30,000
     
Number of Personnel Needed    
 – Officers  20  1 each for 2 engines, 2 tankers, 1 rescue—4 shifts
 – Firefighters  28  2/engine, 3/rescue—4 shifts          
 – Drivers  24  1 each for 2 engines, 2 tankers, 1 rescue, 1 utility—4 shifts
     
 Line Personnel Salaries  $3,572,000  
 Administrative Salaries (2 personnel)  $60,000  
 TOTAL CAREER COSTS  $3,632,000  
     
 Personnel Protective Clothing Costs  $324,000 $4,500 per officer, firefighter, driver per year
 Apparatus Costs  $1,606,000 $318K per engine, $232K per tanker, $443K for rescue truck,    $63K for utility truck
     
Capitol Equipment Expense  $1,930,000  
     
Current Company Value  $5,562,000  
     
TOTAL ANNUAL VOLUNTEER SAVINGS  $3,832,000  Annual Operating Expenses + Total Career Costs
     
Savings per Household  $1,308  
Savings per Paid Employee  $53,222