The City of Sugar Land maintains a Fleet Replacement Program which addresses the replacement of fleet assets based upon the mileage, age and condition of the vehicles.
Fire-EMS & Fleet follow the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus which defines requirements for new apparatus to be used under emergency conditions, as well as other standards such as NFPA 1911 Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles. Other factors used to assess an individual apparatus performance include annual pump, aerial, and DOT inspections and / or tests.
In 2017, Fire & Fleet jointly adopted the practice of utilizing regular inspections of the fleet to assess safety, reliability and cost of maintenance as a decision tool in determining fleet replacement needs. This process provides both departments the opportunity to address repairs as needed and perform maintenance in order to maintain the level of service to our residents.
Pursuant to NFPA standards, two Fire apparatus and one ambulance should be replaced in the next 5 years. The retiring fire apparatus are both 2003 engines and the ambulance to be replaced is the first ambulance purchased by the City of Sugar Land in support of EMS transport in 2013.