Two fleet mechanics for the City of La Vergne, Tenn., saved the city more than $150,000 over the past year and a half by earning Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certifications and reducing the need for outsourcing fire truck maintenance, reports the Murfreesboro Post.

The city helped with the cost of classes and certifications, and the Street and Fleet Department budgeted for specialized tools.

The mechanics conduct preventive maintenance checks on each fire apparatus twice a year, and conduct repairs as they are reported by firefighters. Taking maintenance and repair in-house has reduced downtime, but the city still needs to outsource work that requires specialized equipment.

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