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January 12, 2018 - Industry News

N.Y. County to Save $400K With Leasing Initiative

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Cattaraugus County (N.Y.) expects to save nearly $400,000 in its 2018 budget by leasing 31 vehicles rather than buying them outright.

Tags: Leasing, Funding, Vehicle Replacement, Fleet Budget, Enterprise Fleet Management

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Texas Sheriff to Purchase Used Patrol Vehicles

Photo via Pixabay

The San Jacinto County (Texas) Sheriff's Office is purchasing used police vehicles to replace its aged fleet — some vehicles on the road have 300,000 miles on them.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Used Vehicles, Fleet Budget, Aging Fleet, Procurement, First Responders, Ford Crown Victoria

January 9, 2018 - Press Release

Caterpillar Extends Full-Machine Warranty to 24 Months For Compact Equipment

Caterpillar has extended its machine standard warranty to 24 months or 2,000 hours for skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, multi-terrain loaders, and mini excavators.

Tags: Warranty, Off-Road Equipment, Caterpillar

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Va. City to Keep EVs Following V2X Pilot

Photo courtesy of Fermata

The City of Danville, Va., is permanently adding four electric vehicles to its fleet thanks to a donation from bi-directional EV charging startup Fermata Energy.

Tags: Research, Procurement, Battery Charger, Donations, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Fire Rescue Purchases $19.8M Helicopter

San Diego City Council approved the purchase of a $19.8 million Firehawk for the city's fire-rescue department. Photo via Akradecki/Wikimedia

The San Diego (Calif.) City Council approved the purchase of a helicopter for its Fire Rescue Department, as well as the construction of a 30,000-square-foot, $12 million hangar.

Tags: Fire Equipment, Fire, First Responders, City of San Diego, Helicopter

December 26, 2017 - Industry News

New Police Vehicles, Fire Truck to Cost Wash. City $1M

WWPD’s current fleet of Ford Explorers will be used as a backup fleet. Photo via Tomas Del Coro/Flickr

Money for the police and fire vehicles will be taken from the City of Walla Walla, Washington’s general fund and the police department's vehicle replacement fund.

Tags: Funding, Police Vehicles, Fire Trucks, Procurement, Police

December 22, 2017 - Industry News

Wash. County Requesting Bids for Vehicle Replacement

Photo of the Lewis County Courthouse in Chehalis, Wash., via Chetsford/Flickr

Lewis County (Wash.) issued calls for bids after a local dealer expressed concern over the county's history of purchasing vehicles through state contracts instead of through local bids.

Tags: RFPs, Police Vehicles, Procurement

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. County Fire Adds Two Black Hawk Helicopters to Fleet

Photo via Alan Wilson/Wikimedia

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s new Black Hawks will be upfitted with a 1,000-gallon water tank, extended landing gear, a medically equipped interior, and a single pilot cockpit.

Tags: Upfitting, Fire Equipment, First Responders, Los Angeles County, Helicopter, Firefighting

December 12, 2017 - Press Release

Homeland Security Awards Additional Purchase Agreement for Telematics

Geotab, a provider of telematics technology, announced it has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement to provide secure telematics solutions for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Procurement, Federal Fleet

December 6, 2017 - Press Release

Hyundai Donates Ioniq Hybrids to National Park Service

Photo of a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid at Blue Ridge Parkway courtesy of Hyundai

Hyundai donated Ioniq Hybrids to the National Park Service for use in Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, Santa Monica Mountains in California, and National Capital Parks (East) in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Hyundai, National Parks, Hyundai Ioniq, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Buying Mustangs for Traffic Enforcement

Photo courtesy of Lubbock Police Department

There aren’t any “ghost cars” in the Lubbock, Texas, Police Department. When the motorcycle fleet retires in the evenings, clearly-marked Ford Mustangs take their place.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Traffic Violations, Procurement, Ford Mustang, Safety

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Ga. County's New Vehicles Will Reduce Maintenance Costs

Photo via 888bailbond/Flickr

The closure of a nearby state hospital has Thomas County, Ga., officers driving longer distances to drop off individuals requiring mental health services, resulting in increased maintenance costs.

Tags: Upfitting, Police Vehicles, Procurement

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

New York Municipality Adds EVs, Charging Stations

Photo via NCDOTcommunications/ Flickr.

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., recently completed $400,000 of clean energy projects, including the purchase of hybrid electric city vehicles and the construction of nine charging stations.

Tags: EV Charging Stations, Alternative Fuels, Chevrolet Volt, Procurement

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Miss. Sheriff Receives Donated Patrol Boat

Photo via Pixabay

The Warren County (Miss.) Sheriff’s Office has acquired its first all-weather patrol boat that will be used for law enforcement and search and rescue.

Tags: Procurement, First Responders, Donation, Boats, Police

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Va. City Buys First Ambulance in 50 Years

Photo via Pixabay

Until now, the Charlottesville Fire Department in Virginia has relied on ambulance services from a local volunteer rescue squad. However, demand has increased since it introduced a 24-hour medic unit.

Tags: Ambulances, Procurement, Emergency Response Vehicles

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Baltimore’s Financing Model Slashes Fleet Replacement Backlog

Photo via GoBlue85/Wikimedia.

The City of Baltimore has purchased its 1,500th vehicle through its “Master Lease” vehicle replacement process, which has allowed it to modernize the fleet, reduce the replacement backlog, and reduce vehicle ownership costs.

Tags: Leasing, Funding, Procurement, City of Baltimore

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Ohio City Adds Trucks to Plow County, State Roads

Photo via Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr

The City of New Franklin, Ohio, is taking over plowing county and state roads and will purchase two Mack snow plow vehicles and hire two seasonal truck drivers.

Tags: Outsourcing, Snow Removal, Procurement, Cooperative Agreement

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Md. Adds Larger Trucks for Snow Season

Photo via June Marie/Flickr

The Maryland State Highway Administration has purchased nine new quad-axle trucks for snow season — these trucks can carry more than double the amount of salt and 40 more gallons of fuel than current vehicles.

Tags: Snow Removal, Procurement, Maryland

November 7, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni Records Largest Order Surge for Heavy-Duty In-Ground Vehicle Lifts

Photo courtesy of Steril-Koni

Stertil-Koni vehicle lifts selected by transit agencies, municipalities, and corporate customers in North America recently for these orders include the Diamond Lift, Skylift, and Ecolift.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Procurement, Shop Equipment

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

South Dakota Adds Plows, Enhances Disaster Response

Photo courtesy of South Dakota Department of Transportation

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has purchased three new tow plows and launched a website dedicated to real-time updates during severe weather and disaster situations.

Tags: Procurement, Snow Plow, Winter, South Dakota

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

New Philadelphia PD Vehicles to Change Traffic Lights

Photo courtesy of Ford

The City of Philadelphia will purchase 150 police vehicles that are fitted with ballistic shields on doors and windows and offer the ability to turn traffic lights from red to green.

Tags: Ford Police Interceptor, Ballistic Protection, Police, Procurement, Safety, Philadelphia

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cincinnati Purchases 10 Plows, Updates Winter Strategy

Cincinnati put its snow equipment to the test during a dry-run exercise on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of City of Cincinnati

Overall, the city will enter the winter season with 81 pieces of winter operations equipment on hand, including loaders, brine trucks, and pickup trucks.

Tags: Snow Removal, Winter Equipment, Cincinnati, Procurement

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

N.C. EMS Saves With Remounted Ambulances

Photo via Canuckle/Wikimedia

Remounting old boxes on new chassis cost Scotland County EMS about $115,000 less than if it were to buy two completely new units.

Tags: Ambulances, Refurbished Vehicles, Procurement

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. County Takes Delivery of Rescue Boats

Shown here is the 28-foot craft. Photo courtesy of Brandon Barsugli, San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Fire Department has placed in service two fire and rescue boats. The vessels will be used to fight fires, to support ground-based operations, and for rescue operations.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Procurement, County of San Bernardino, Boats

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Houston Fire Chief Requests $10.9M for Annual Replacements

Photo via D.L./Flickr

The City of Houston’s Fire Chief Samuel Pena is asking city council for $10.9 million in annual fleet replacement funding. This would be used to purchase 16 ambulances, nine fire engines, and nine ladder trucks.

Tags: Funding, Fire Trucks, Aging Fleet, First Responders, City of Houston



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