Keeping the City rolling
Servicing, maintaining, & repairing 3,300 vehicles
More Facts About the City's Fleet
- 360 police cruisers, each equipped with a light bar, a barrier cage between the officer and rear seat, a shotgun rack and an onboard computer station.
- 13 ambulances with anti-bacterial, seamless floors and special cushions to protect both patients and rescue workers from blood-borne pathogens. The new, larger heavy duty vehicles cost $140,000 each.
- 3 city-owned Daihatsu mini-ambulances used by the city for its many special events. Their compact size allow for them to maneuver through crowded areas, yet provide full service for patients and rescue workers.
- With rising fuel costs, the fleet now includes Ford Escape electric/gas hybrid SUVs.
- Other specialty vehicles include trucks that paint lines on roads, huge vacuum trucks that clean sewers and storm drains and 16-foot wide mowers.
- In addition to moving vehicles, equipment in the Fleet inventory includes portable bleachers and the Showmobile, a mobile outdoor stage.
- The largest piece of equipment is a 100-foot aerial ladder truck, which costs $625,000; the smallest is a $250 chain saw.
- The total value of the fleet is approximately $76.7 million.
- Vehicles are generally considered for replacement after eight years and between 80,000 and 100,000 miles.
- 30 mechanics are employed to service and repair the fleet, Monday through Saturday. Emergency service and towing is available 24/7.
- Last fiscal year, the fleet consumed 1.96 million gallons of fuel.
- Fleet Management facility is located at 1800 Seventh Ave. N., 727-893-7286.
A Local Landmark
The "Security Lizard," sits atop the Fleet Management building. This public arts sculpture, created by Paul Eppling, is created from car bumpers, glass, street lights, traffic signals, license plates and other auto parts. The lizard has a firefly in its mouth (a street light), which provides security lighting for the facility.