Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Fleet Management

Established in 1998, the Fire-Rescue Fleet Management Division was comprised of three full-time mechanics. The division utilized two service trucks and was on call 24 hours for breakdowns and emergency responses. The division maintained 98 Fire-Rescue vehicles, including a boat and several trailers. In 2005, after showing the benefits of a managed vehicle program, Fire-Rescue’s Fleet Management Division was developed into a County Fleet Management Department, headed by John Stieglitz, the former Fire-Rescue Captain / Fleet Manager. As of August 2007, the Fleet Management Department manages nearly 300 vehicles for Fire-Rescue, Public Works and the Sheriff’s Office. The department is involved in vehicle specifications for all County Departments. The department has grown to 11 employees with 4 service trucks.

Mechanics are trained on multiple types of vehicles, from passenger cars to heavy equipment. Most hold certifications and regularly attend training to include fire pumps, fire apparatus and ambulance electrical systems, multiplex electrical systems, fire service pumping and fabrication.

All vehicles cared for by the Fleet Management Department are regularly maintained under a preventative maintenance program. The Department also handles annual pumper and aerial testing. At least one mechanic is on call 24 hour a day to respond to break downs in the field. Many repairs are conducted on site of the occurrence, eliminating the need to have the vehicles brought the shop.

At the Mable T. Willis facility, Fleet Management operates from six large service bays. The agency has several parts rooms, a mechanic’s research area, an oil pit, pressure washing building, fuel depot, 15,000-gallon pump test pit and a fabrication shop. The department maintains fuel records on all county vehicles. The fuel depot is equipped with a 10,000 gallon tank of diesel fuel and a 10, 000 gallon tank of gasoline. The oil pit has multiple oil and lubrication storage tanks, equipped to supply a variety of lubricates for the vast number of vehicles maintained by the department. The on-site Fabrication Shop is equipped with a metal break, shear, drill presses, band saw, standard and Mig/Tig welders and metal storage.

Fleet Management can be contacted at (843) 539-1967.