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Garage Life in the Age of COVID-19

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy, Gena Galeros, and Maureen Smith
The current pandemic has created a new set of challenges for NAFA members. We caught up with a Fleet District Manager (he asked to remain anonymous) for a toll road agency in the Central United States to get his field report. The majority of his management team is working from home, so the fleet is not operating at a normal rate and only doing emergency repairs. “My mechanics are working two days a week. We pretty much have a skeleton crew in the field.” His organization has 12 garages and normally has three to four mechanics per garage. “We’ve split them in half, so there are only two gentlemen working on vehicles at the same time. The only vehicles that we are kind of keeping an eye on and running are the essential vehicles…like our help trucks that run the road and keep an eye out for patrons if they run out of gas or if there’s an accident. We are doing a minimal amount out there just to keep the roads safe.”
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How Yale University’s Fleet Is Innovating During COVID-19 Challenges

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
When it comes to an unprecedented challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all learning on the fly, on the job. NAFA recently asked members to assess where they stand in their work and life following the first month of physical distancing. Ronald S. Gitelman, CAFM, is the Senior Fleet Administrator for Yale University and faces very unique challenges, but never had a plan for students who are not allowed on campus as courses have shifted entirely online.
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Think Local: Effective Solutions and Targeted Operations Regional

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy, Gena Galeros, and Maureen Smith
To help understand the challenges facing Fleet Managers in different parts of the country, NAFA would like to recognize  regional members who have shared their experiences and strategies managing their fleets through the COVID-19 pandemic. NAFA encourages you to share your own stories as well.
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Two Fleets Face Similar Challenges During the Pandemic

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy, Gena Galeros, and Maureen Smith
A tale of two fleets, different in nearly every respect but for one: the logistics of moving people from place to place. Make that two: their ability to accomplish their work has been completely reshaped, sometimes completely undermined, by the spread of Covid-19. We caught up with two NAFA members to talk about their current challenges; they wanted to show their solidarity with other fleets and NAFA members who are also experiencing this shared history.
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2020 Flexy Winner Interview: George Hrichak

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
2020 FLEXY winner George Hrichak shares strategies for success. This is not the way George Hrichak imagined he’d be celebrating his 2020 Fleet Excellence Award (FLEXY) win, with most of the United States in a virtual standstill because of Covid-19. “My family is following the precautions everyone else is, washing hands, using hand sanitizers, social distancing, that type of thing.”
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2020 Flexy Winner: Firefighting Fleets Managing Data and a Pandemic

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy
The national coronavirus crisis is affecting fleets in unique ways, principally from being labeled essential to being temporarily shut down. FLEXY winner Brad Smith, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor for Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, CO manages an absolutely essential fleet. NAFA caught up with Brad, winner for Excellence in Public Fleet or Mobility Management, to dig deeper into the challenges of the moment which make firefighting administration even more challenging. 
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What Fairfax Water’s Fleet is Doing to Manage the Pandemic Crisis

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy, Gena Galeros, and Maureen Smith
We caught up with NAFA Member Dale Collins, CAFM, to discuss how his team is dealing with COVID-19.  Utilities are, by their very nature, essential services, and with so many workers and citizens self-isolating at home, the need to keep such services running is that much greater. This puts pressure on fleets to strive for safety, keeping COVID-19 infection from affecting the team and sidelining crucial work. This also means having to make hard decisions should employees exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus. For Dale Collins, CAFM, Fleet Services Supervisor for Fairfax Water in Lorton, Virginia, there is no time to waste.
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Innovating During Coronavirus

4/19/2020 - Donald Dunphy and Sarah Holbrook
We are all living in a time warp as our collective confinement continues, but let us reminisce a moment back to Q1 2020.  In January, California residents gained the right to wrestle back their user data from the tech platforms and other companies that had captured and exploited it. In February, Senator Josh Hawley posited that the FTC should take over Google, and Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced an antitrust modernization bill as a cudgel against big tech. The country was speeding toward a new era where the big technology companies would be reined in and privacy protections would soon sweep the nation. Instead weeks later, what nearly swept us under was a global pandemic.
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Ingenuity, Innovation and Compassion Fleet Managers Share Their COVID-19 Response Actions

4/13/2020 - Donald Dunphy, Gena Galeros, and Maureen Smith
Many Fleet Managers are essential and have played an enormous role in the fight against COVID-19. It is more important now than ever that we recognize our essential services and the resources needed to keep our roads safe and clear as well as maintain the flow of goods and services required to help us get through this tough time. 
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Fleet Protocols for a Post-Covid World

4/13/2020 - Jasmine Glasheen
The federal government is pushing for states to reopen. Certain states––such as Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, and Montana, among others––are slated to resume business before May 1st (while others––such as Arkansas and Florida––never officially shut down in the first place). Each state will open slowly and with restrictions prohibiting large gatherings. With that said, it’s beginning to look like the U.S. is on track to gradually return to an active economy. 
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