AEMP Honors U.S. Air Forces, Europe And Waste Management As 2012 Fleet Masters

AEMP announces the recipients of its 2012 Fleet Masters Award.

Online PR News – 05-April-2012 – GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – AEMP is proud to announce the recipients of its 2012 Fleet Masters Award. The U.S. Air Forces, Europe was given the public-sector honor while Waste Management took home the private-sector award. Ron Erwin, chief command, vehicles branch, U.S. Air Forces, Europe accepted the award on behalf of his team. Accepting the honor on behalf of the Waste Management team was John Meese, senior director, heavy equipment disposal operations.

Each year at the Management Conference and Annual Meeting, AEMP acknowledges two outstanding fleets with the honor of Fleet Master, one each in both the public and private sector. In its 9th consecutive year, the Fleet Masters award recognizes equipment professionals who demonstrate excellence in meeting the unique challenges inherent to delivering cost-effective and cutting-edge management of mixed fleets of on-road and off-road equipment.

For the private fleets, Waste Management exemplified the attributes of an AEMP Fleet Master. Waste Management’s innovative “Mission to Zero” program has a goal of achieving a zero injury/accident rate company-wide. Since implementation, employee injuries have been reduced 80 percent and vehicle accidents by 70 percent. Additionally, as a Fortune 200 Waste Industry leader, Waste Management boasts an impressive environmental sustainability portfolio. Currently, Waste Management is the largest clean-running fleet in North America. Employing more than 200 environmental technicians, it levers technology with databases and are able to track a multitude of environmental parameters. Waste Management also operates one of the largest facilities in the world that converts landfill gas to diesel. The renewed fuel replaces 2.5 million gallons of diesel, annually, in its fleet. In 2011, Waste Management Heavy Equipment fleet of California earned the Silver-level AEMP Green Fleet certification.

No strangers to accolades, the U. S. Air Forces, Europe (USAFE) displayed impressive employee training and education. The team boasts nine AEMP EMS certifications along with AEMP and ASE technician of the year recognitions. U.S. Air Force, Europe personnel owe part of their success to the ability to obtain real-time information from their own web-based program that tracks vehicle status and reports. Granting personnel access to current information ensures they can make informed decisions to ensure their mission is a success. Additionally, USAFE exhibited superior resource skills through vehicle reconciliation, realignment and removal, saving taxpayers millions in new vehicle purchases. The U.S. Air Forces, Europe currently manages a fleet of over 8,000 vehicles in 35 countries.

About AEMP
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AEMP created the term “Equipment Triangle”. It is the cornerstone of the association’s philosophy that a balanced relationship must exist between the End User, Distributor, and OEM/Supplier in the life cycle of a piece of heavy equipment or product. AEMP advances this philosophy through its education and certification programs. For more information, visit
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