Government Fleet – Issue

October 2013

Cover Story By Barbara Bonansinga
Fleet Consolidation: When 1 Operation is Better than 2 — or More

Separate departments, and even separate government agencies, can join forces for operational and cost efficiency. In one case, a fleet consolidation plan is expected to save up to $5 million over five to six years.

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Features

As part of its managed competition, this City of San Diego parts room will be “double decked” to accommodate fire apparatus maintenance parts. Photo courtesy of City of San Diego 15 Ways to Improve Your In-House Parts Room

By Thi Dao

Looking to improve your in-house parts room? From re-evaluating your parts purchasing methods to reviewing inventory management, here are some best practices and new initiatives for parts room management.

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping: Major Challenges, Big Benefits

By Travis Rhoden

In addition to compliance, there are many benefits to a good injury and illness recordkeeping system. Agencies can see how they are doing in efforts to keep workers safe, pinpoint weaknesses in safety-related issues, and prevent problems in the future.

Roger Weaver (front row, in white shirt and tie), fleet management director for San Bernardino County, Calif., said the County fleet staff has grown to become a great team. Not all staff are pictured. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County Attains CFMO Certification

By Thi Dao

San Bernardino County in California joins a growing list of fleets that have obtained the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification.

Ascension Parish’s fleet staff members are pictured here with Department of Public Works employees. Fleet manager Bill Depew is in yellow. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish. Parish’s Technology Use Ascends to New Heights

By Grace Suizo

Ascension Parish in Louisiana has made great strides in improving its fleet operations by maximizing all available resources and technology.

Survey Shows The Industry’s Parts Management Practices

By Donald Dunphy and Dr. A. Patricia Murrin, D.B.A.

By surveying working fleet managers about their practices, NAFA can obtain information that reflects the industry. NAFA’s parts survey defined how fleets are managing parts and concluded that simple and uncluttered management processes yield the best results.

At the City of Glendale, Calif., Fleet Manager Karl Vogeley said equipment rentals have helped the City fleet eliminate underutilized equipment. Pictured are some of the City’s off-road assets. Photo courtesy of City of Glendale. Roadmap for Renting Off-Road Equipment

By Shelley Mika

For fleets with infrequent, specialized jobs, renting off-road equipment can make for a wise investment. To benefit from renting, fleet managers need to make strategic choices about what to rent, when to rent, and from whom to rent.

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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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