One of the nation’s most informative fleet websites was
launched at the PFE – Charlotte: the Police Fleet Institute, PFI. This is a
members-only organization, developed for the sharing of police fleet
maintenance and police fleet management. PFI is intended to complement your
knowledge as a police fleet manager, to provide information to improve any
aspect of the fleet operation.
PFI is a resource with information on: 1) servicing,
purchasing, and disposing vehicles; 2) developing operational budgets; 3)
managing parts room; 4) fuel purchasing and contracts; 5) warranty management;
6) developing a replacement schedule; 7) keeping up with environmental
regulations; 8) developing safety and accident programs; 9) determining
staffing needs; 10) implementing fleet best-practices; and 11) examples of
models from some of the best fleet managers in the U.S.
The PFI website contains a searchable fleet library and also
an online access to fleet managers and consultants to answer your specific
questions. Membership in PFI is broken down into several paid categories.
Two of the most popular topics are also the basis for two of
the most popular website columns. “Ask Wally’ is a frequently updated video
link on brake components with Wally Marciniak, Brake Parts Inc (Raybestos)
Director of Technical Services. “T.J.’s Corner” is a pursuit tire tutorial by
T.J. Tennent, Bridgestone-Firestone Engineering Manager for Government
General fleet management questions are fielded online in
“Fleet Manager’s Corner” by Bill DeRousse, former fleet manager with the City
of Everett, Wash. and national fleet consultant. In fact, the PFI website is
directed and managed by DeRousse, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.