Update: HOUSTON – Earlier this week, HFD issued 20 additional vehicles to further implement their new strategic vehicle replacement program that was passed by Council this past December.
The ordinance that will allow the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to lease 105 light-duty vehicles for the Life Safety Bureau through a new pilot program. The program is designed to turnover fleet vehicles on an annual basis, which allows for the continuous introduction of new vehicles with upgrades in safety and emission standards while aiming for cost neutrality to the citizens of Houston.
“Leasing vehicles for this particular program is a sound government strategy and a more efficient and cost-effective use of taxpayer funds to replace light-duty HFD fleet at an appropriate time,” says Fire Chief Samuel Peña. “It will allow us to stretch limited budgets and we believe it will pay dividends in several key areas, including acquisitions, maintenance and fuel expenditures.
The agreement is a three (3) year term with two (2) one-year options with Enterprise Fleet Management. This is the first time the Houston Fire Department will successfully change out a complete division of aging vehicles at a wholesale rate. This new program is utterly cost-effective. Over three years, the previously dated vehicles have cost the City more than $620 thousand in maintenance fees alone.