The City of Tulsa’s Equipment Management Division in the Asset Management Department has won the 2021 No. 1 Fleet Award from The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas – including North and South America. Other contest sponsors were the National Association of Fleet Administrators and North Carolina State University Clean Transportation. Equipment Management (EMD) maintains the City of Tulsa’s vehicle fleet, including police and fire vehicles.
“Congratulations to our Equipment Management Division for winning this award,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The City of Tulsa relies on our fleet as we serve the citizens every day. Our vehicles keep the City of Tulsa operating in all kinds of weather, from last winter’s deep freeze to summer temperatures at the other end of the thermometer. In any emergency, our well-maintained fleet is indispensable.”
Tulsa’s fleet operation competed in categories including accountability; use of technology and information; collaboration; creativity; celebration; evidence of a high trust culture; performance recognition; “doing it right the first time;” quick, efficient turnaround; competitive pricing; staff development and resources stewardship. Equipment Management inspects all units annually, assigning each a vehicle condition score based on body, interior, frame, mechanical and tires.
Tulsa’s fleet is one of only two to win both this award and the No. 1 Leading Fleet in North America (2018). Equipment Maintenance Manager Mike Wallace said, “After winning the honor of No. 1 in 2018 in the Leading Fleets competition, we set our sights on capturing the same honor for the 100 Best Fleets competition. We’re making history together as a team!”
Tom C. Johnson, founder of The 100 Best Fleets organization, recognized Tulsa’s Equipment Management team as “a best-in-class organization applying innovative thinking to real world results.” Regarding Tulsa’s Learning with a Wrench program, Johnson said, “Their dedicated apprentice program is a service not only to young people in Tulsa, but also the state and America, because they are emulated across North America.”
The Learning with a Wrench program provides opportunities for 10 to 20 high school automotive students to intern at the City of Tulsa shop five days a week. Since the program began 7 years ago, 100 students have participated. The City recruits them to join its team after they graduate.
Here are the top 10 (including ties) of the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas for 2021:
The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program recognizes peak-performing fleet operations. This program identifies and encourages the ever-increasing levels of performance improvement and innovation within the public fleet industry.
The purpose of this program is to help foster pride in the industry, build recognition within the national fleet community, increase levels of productivity and operational effectiveness, and encourage more individuals to consider fleet operations as a career choice. The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas contest is open to any public fleet in North or South America.