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Texas County Approves Funding for New Helicopter Fleet

All aircraft in the Travis County, Texas, STAR Flight fleet will have a 300-gallon water dropping capacity, the ability to travel longer distances without refueling, and can transport fire crews.

Flooding at a City of Jacksonville fire station. Photo courtesy of City of Jacksonville

Florida Fleets Spared from Hurricane Irma Damage

Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage and flooding across the State of Florida. As agencies begin recovery efforts, public fleets are reporting minimal damage to vehicles and facilities.

Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.

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Calif. County Approves $1.3M for Sheriff Vehicles

The Tulare County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department plans to purchase 28 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, 10 Ford Fusions, one half-ton pickup truck, and one transport van.

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Pa. Launches Fleet Electrification Pilot

The pilot will last 42-60 months, giving the commonwealth the opportunity to identify the sustainability, operational ease, maintenance, and resale value of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Photo of 2017 e-Golf's electric motor courtesy of VW.

Volkswagen Prices 2017 e-Golf

Volkswagen has boosted the range of its battery-electric e-Golf compact sedan for 2017 by increasing the range by 50% to 125 miles, the automaker has announced.

GFX Opens Submissions for 2018 Expo

Prospective presenters can submit a topic and abstract for a session at next year's Government Fleet Expo & Conference. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 13.

Photo courtesy of Lightning Systems.

Lightning Systems to Offer Electric Transit Van

Lightning Systems will offer commercial fleets a battery-electric heavy duty Ford Transit van in early 2018 under a partnership with New Eagle, the vehicle modifier announced.

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Ind. City Tightens Take-Home Vehicle Rules

The City of Portage, Ind., has tightened its rules about take-home vehicles, giving the city council more say over who gets to take home municipal vehicles.

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

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New York Offers $2.2M in Grants for ZEV Vehicles, Infrastructure

The State of New York is offering $2.2 million in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for fleet use, or for installation of public recharging or refueling infrastructure.

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Ga. City Report: In-House Maintenance Will Not Cut Costs

A report presented to the City of Augusta, Ga., fleet subcommittee estimated that bringing fleet in house would come out to $4.42 million. The cost to continue outsourcing was estimated at $4.39 million.

Graph courtesy of NLC.

Report Shows Cities' Economic Growth Slowing

The NLC survey reported that cities’ General Fund revenues have still not yet fully recovered from the 2006 recession and remain at less than 98% of that year’s levels.

Photo courtesy of T-Mobile.

T-Mobile to Offer Geotab-Sourced Telematics Product

T-Mobile will offer a cloud-based fleet management telematics system called SyncUP FLEET this fall under a partnership with Geotab, the wireless provider announced.

A vehicle currently in use by the Owasso Police Department. The Owasso City Council recently approved the purchase of 12 new patrol vehicles and 12 in-car cameras. Photo via Flickr/DiamondBack Truck Covers

Okla. Municipality Approved for $352K in New Police Vehicles

The Owasso (Okla.) Police Department is purchasing 12 new vehicles that will replace a dozen older models that have either reached or passed the seven-year or 100,000-mile driving limit.

Safety Tip: Seat Belt Check List

As an IIHS survey underscores, some people don't bother to buckle up -- particularly when they're riding in the back seat. A simple reminder from the driver can make all occupants safer.

Fla. Utilities Gear Up for Hurricane Irma

With 6.2 million utility customers without power as of Monday morning, utilities across the State of Florida have prepared their fleets to minimize damage and respond in a timely manner.

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Pa. City Faces Fire Equipment Shortage

Five of the eight trucks in the city’s frontline fleet were more than 10 years old and two trucks in the reserve fleet were more than 20 years old.

Ventura Water's NO-DES truck saved 650,000 gallons of water within its first week of operation. Photo courtesy of Ventura Water.

Calif. City to Save 10M Gallons of Water with Filtration Truck

The NO-DES truck is the first of its kind to be added to Ventura Water’s fleet in California. The unit replaces the conventional method of flushing the city’s fire hydrants.

Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing

S.C. County Takes Delivery of 18 Fire Apparatus

Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service in South Carolina has taken delivery of 18 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus: 10 pumpers, two pumper/tankers, five rescue trucks, and one dry side tanker.

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Mo. City PD Struggles With Vehicle Purchasing Freeze

The City of Columbia, Mo., Police Department is struggling with a fleet replacement freeze imposed last year that could be extended into the next fiscal year.

N.Y. Municipality Upgrades Surveillance Truck

The Utica (N.Y.) Police Department unveiled its Armadillo surveillance truck with $24,000 worth of new upgrades. The Armadillo is a Brinks truck that was repurposed for police use in 2010.

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

The Hickory fueling station is open to commercial fleet vehicles and the general public. Photo: Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas Opens CNG Station in N.C.

The station is located in Hickory, North Carolina, and is the company's 11th public refueling station.

Photo of 2017 Bolt EV courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Expands Bolt EV Nationwide

The Bolt EV was initially rolled out in select states in December. Since then, 12,249 Bolt EVs have been sold with 11,670 vehicles sold this year through Aug. 30.

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