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Developing a Long-Term Fleet Replacement Plan

Friday, April 19
Classroom Session

Developing a long-term fleet replacement plan requires a complete and thorough fire apparatus fleet evaluation. Class participants armed with factual information will be able to determine what, when, and why apparatus needs to be replaced. Evaluating apparatus requires the evaluator to crawl over, under, and through each vehicle. Each vehicle needs to be weighed in accordance with NFPA 1911 and all information needs to be recorded for later review. The evaluator needs to drive the first due and adjoining response areas, taking note of the conditions found that would impact the fleet and the equipment carried on each vehicle. Do the fire stations housing apparatus meet the current and future needs of the fleet and the fire department? Learn how to evaluate the stations and what information is relevant in the ISO report as it relates to current and future size of the fire apparatus fleet. All available maintenance records are reviewed for all the vehicles in the fleet, with the associated costs noted. It is important to calculate the cost of ownership of each fire apparatus and then the fleet in its entirety. Is the ownership of a particular piece of apparatus cost prohibitive and no longer a viable option to retain in the fleet regardless of the vehicle’s age? Once all the data is gathered, participants will then be ready for data analysis technics that will lead to establishing a long-term fleet replacement plan that will act as a blueprint for future apparatus acquisitions. This blueprint can be used to establish a long-term funding mechanism.

Michael Wilbur, Lt. Retired New York City Fire Department - Fire Department City of New York