Fleet Operations is responsible for the maintenance of all Division of Fire owned and leased equipment. The fleet is comprised of approximately 160 vehicles including trailers and leased equipment. The fleet is comprised of 28 frontline fire units that include: 20 Engines, 5 Aerial Platforms and 3 Heavy Rescue Squads. It also includes 14 ALS ambulances and a number of tanker/tenders, brush units and other ancillary units. The fleet also has a limited supply of reserve units to fill in when a frontline unit is down more than a few hours for maintenance.
The Fleet Operations section coordinates with the Central Automotive Section of General Services to have routine repairs and preventive maintenance performed. Some of the more involved service work is performed at outside commercial shops; these items include transmission work and suspension work.
Fleet Operations works with the Division’s Apparatus Committee to select and specify new vehicles and inspect new deliveries. Once a vehicle has been accepted the Fleet Operations office coordinates all work to put a new operational piece of equipment in service. Work that typically needs to be done before a new unit can be put in service includes programming the Opticom unit, installation of radios, installing equipment that is non-dealer supplied and making sure all punch list and warranty issues are addressed.
Fleet Operations is also tasked with collecting and reporting data used by BSM and other county departments to make long-term budget decisions. Examples of the data collected include monthly mileage reports and annual condition assessments of the fleet.
Lt. Stone Smith manages the Fleet Operations section.