Fleet & Engineering Departmental Overview
The Fleet & Engineering Department is based at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service HEadquarters in a state of the art Workshops facility, designed to best meet the repair and maintenance demands of a large and diverse specialist fleet of vehicles and plant equipment as used by one of the Country’s premier F&RS’s. The Department has a total Staff of 24 people including: Mechanical Technicians; Electrical Technician; Body Technician; Paint Sprayer; Ladder Repairer; Ancillary Equipment Repairer; Handyperson Drivers; Apprentices; Supervisors, Management and Administrative Support. The Department is headed by the Head of Fleet & Engineering Services who reports directly to the ACO Director of Technical Services.
The Department plays a key support role within the Organisation providing cradle to grave repair and maintenance and technical support for the Services diverse and highly specialist fleet of 700 plus vehicles and over 800 items of plant in-house. Key areas of responsibility are maintenance of the Vehicle Replacement Program (VRP), design and technical specifications for new vehicles, full-life scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance of vehicles and plant, vehicle overhaul and refurbishment, modifications for second life and disposal. The Department works closely with it’s two neighbouring Welsh F&RS’s via the CFOA Wales Transport Officers Working Group and Nationally via the National Working Group and pursues opportunities for collaboration wherever they present themselves. Opportunities for Best Value, developments in technology, sustainability, H&S, Diversity and a modern well maintained fleet designed to meet future as well as current needs are priorities of the Department.
The Fleet & Engineeering Service operates around-the-clock delivering 24 hr / 365 day per year support to the Organisation; there is a minimum of two Technicians and one Supervisor available at any time day or night with additional Staff called upon outside of normal working hours on an ‘as needed’ basis during spate-conditions.
Key Legislation to which the Department conducts it’s activities are:-
• Road Traffic Act 1974• Road Vehicle Construction & Use Regulations 1968• Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1984• Road Vehicle Plating & Testing Regulations 1968• JCDD compliance • VCA compliance• Vehicle Licensing & Documentation• Health & Safety At Work etc Act 1974• COSHH• LOLER• PUWER
The Department operates in accordance with the Service Level Agreement as agreed by the Senior Management Team (SMT) during 2011