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Program Description

  Heavy Equipment Services

This program is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the heavy equipment which includes heavy dumps, straight trucks, construction equipment snow plows, leafers, mowers, backhoes, hydraulic excavators, and other specialized pieces of equipment.

Comments: Provide maintenance support for police, fire, and sheriff vehicles, as well as other county vehicles that provide support services to constituents such as HHS, DPS, DEP, DOT. Without properly maintained vehicles County services to residents would be severely impacted.

DFMS maintains a 24/7 operation that includes maintenance on the County's dump trucks before, during and after a storm so the trucks that plow the streets have high availability, which enables emergency vehicles and resident's safe routes to travel. The mechanics and supervisors are considered essential personnel and must report to their work locations even when the County is closed. Once they arrive at work, they often remain there throughout the entire event because if they leave, they may not be able to safely return.

The Gaithersburg location hosts our heavy shop which maintains our heavy fleet of dump trucks, leafers, pavers, snow plow equipment and a variety of other pieces. Fleet also provides direct vehicle maintenance support at the following depots: Gaithersburg, Poolesville, Damascus, Bethesda, Colesville and Silver Spring.

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Program Contacts

Contact Peggy Lynch of the Division of Fleet Management Services at 240.777.5759 or Gary Nalven of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2779 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of heavy equipment work orders completed4,9425,0114,9444,9664,974
Fleet Maintenance and Operations: Mean distance between failure: Heavy equipment (in miles)13,77813,17513,47713,47713,376
Heavy equipment fleet availability89%92%91%91.0091.00
Turnaround Time: Average amount of time equipment is unavailable for operations during each shop visit: Heavy Equipment (in days)1.71.72.21.91.9
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Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved1413964239.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-8058120-3.50
FY21 Recommended608152235.50