Very simply put, “keeping the fleet on the street” is the basic mission of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service’s (MCFRS) new Central Maintenance Facility which opened on March 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration befitting the state-of-the-art facility that is the first of its kind in the country – boosting efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Realizing that a well-maintained fleet is one of the primary requisites of an efficient, effective public response system, the MCFRS has consolidated its satellite fleet management shops into the 77,000 square-foot facility at 14935 Southlawn Lane in Rockville that can service up to 60 percent of the fire-rescue fleet. The Fleet Section also includes a shop at Gaithersburg Fire Station 8 that operates as the North Satellite Shop.
The facility includes nine service bays and a centralized parts department and will establish a ready reserve fleet. A staff of 15, including mechanics and administrative personnel, will work at the complex that also houses administrative offices, apparatus storage, training facilities and a wash bay.
Because these ready reserve units can be placed into immediate service should a vehicle be designated out of service, the Montgomery County community is assured of continuity of fire and rescue service without compromising response times.
As the MCFRS call load continues to increase, this new, state-of-the-art complex is well-positioned to keep the fleet on the street and in top operating condition.
For additional information about the facility, contact Assistant Chief Richard Holzman at 240-777-2485.
CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED AT: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 4:00:00 PM