City of Fort Wayne officials today announced the City'€™s fleet maintenance contractor, First Vehicle Services (FVS), has won a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) award of excellence. City leaders today were joined by officials from FVS and Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Miguel Rivera among others.

The City'€™s Fleet Department is the first municipality in Indiana with a private contractor that performs fleet maintenance to receive the VPP award. The only other city to win the award is another FVS site located in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes companies that take extra steps to ensure worker safety. The program is voluntary and promotes proactive safety activities and awareness.

“Our high trust, high performance partnership with FVS is gaining national attention for effective and efficient results,” said Mayor Graham Richard. “We are a leader in maintaining a great fleet that provides excellent services for residents. We look forward to additional innovative enhancements in the future.”

“We enjoy a great working relationship with the City of Fort Wayne. We are setting the pace for effective fleet maintenance,” said First Vehicle Services President Mike Bloss. “To win this prestigious award is a great accomplishment. A great deal of credit goes to the employees that work hard each day to create and promote a safe work environment.”

Earlier this year, FVS received ISO9001:2000 certification, which is a top honor in the fleet profession. FVS is the only fleet maintenance company in North America to be ISO 9001:2000 certified in comprehensive fleet maintenance services. In 2005, the City'€™s Fleet Management Department was recognized by Fleet Equipment magazine as the ninth best fleet in North America. The City was recognized for its use of hybrid vehicles, biodiesel and ethanol fuels and a new bid process for vehicle purchases.