Awards, Recognition and Certifications


Leading Fleets Award
For 2018, the City of Tulsa Equipment Management Division was recognized by Government Fleet Magazine as the Number One Public Sector Fleet. Read more...

100 Best Fleets Award
For 2018, the 100 Best Fleets Organization recognized the City of Tulsa Equipment Management Division as the No. 8 rated public sector fleet in North America. Read more…

The Green Fleet Award
EMD has been recognized as a top-50 green fleet for five consecutive years. Read more...  

CLEANFleet Certification
Attained CLEANFleet Certification (CFC) in 2016 through the Coalition for Green Fleet Management. The CFC is a national program to certify both private and public fleet operations as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Read more…

Fleet Masters Operation Award
Recognized as a Fleet Masters Operation in 2016 by the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA). The GFMA created the Fleet Masters Operation Award to recognize fleet operations that are considered to be exceptional in their industry. This is the highest level of achievement that a fleet can reach within the program.  Read more… 

Certified Fleet Management Operation
During 2015, EMD became a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) with the Government Management Alliance (EMD recertified as a CFMO in 2018). The CFMO process has helped EMD improve its effectiveness, competitiveness and efficiency. At the core of the certification are eight foundation categories: 1) staffing and productivity; 2) company and employee goals, mission statement and business plan; 3) parts inventory management; 4) replacement policy and financial program; 5) fleet utilization management; 6) fleet policy and procedures documentation; 7) preventive maintenance program; and, 8) customer service and level of support. Read more...


Certified Public Fleet Professional
EMD Administrative Manager Brian Franklin is a Certified Public Fleet Professional with the American Public Works Association. This certification is given for "demonstrating a high level of competence for fleet management by successfully completing an examination, documenting education and work experience, and fulfilling prescribed standards of conduct and performance."

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Many of our technicians possess at least one ASE certification. The National institute for Automotive Service Excellence was founded in 1972 as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.

Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT)
Technicians at the Fire Garage possess EVT certifications. The EVT certification provides technicians the opportunity to be recognized for the education, training, and experience they have in the service and repair of emergency vehicles.

Oklahoma Alternative Fuel Equipment Technician
Fifteen percent of EMD technicians possess an Oklahoma Alternative Fuel Equipment Technician Certification and are certified by the Oklahoma Department of Labor to install, modify, repair or renovate equipment used in the conversion of any fossil fuel engine to an engine fueled by an alternative fuel.

Oklahoma Alternative Fuel Compressor Technician
Fuel Section personnel possess Oklahoma Alternative Fuel Compressor Technician Certifications and are certified by the Oklahoma Department of Labor to repair alternative fueling compression equipment.

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program – seven EMD employees completed the requirements to become Six Sigma Green Belts. Six Sigma Green Belts are employees who spend some of their time on process improvement teams. They analyze and solve quality problems, and are involved with Six Sigma, lean or other quality improvement projects. EMD’s Green Belts are currently working to improve PM compliance, fleet system data integrity, and work order notes.    

Leadership University (Leadership U) – EMD Maintenance Manager Mike Wallace completed the City of Tulsa’s Leadership U program. The purpose of this program is to develop long-term public sector leadership skills and potential management successors. This program provides mentoring, coaching, and professional development training necessary to prepare future leaders for higher level positions with broader responsibilities. 

Supervisor University (Supervisor U) – three EMD supervisors completed the City of Tulsa’s Supervisor U program (John Reel, Kevin Jones, and Jesse Robbins). This is a six month program designed to help supervisors develop their skills as supervisors and arm them with the tools to become an effective leader. Knowledge and skills gained in Super U include:  transitioning from a front line employee to supervisor, basics of budget development/control, how to coach employees, and managing relationships with employees and managers.


Tulsa Blue Employee Recognition Program
The City of Tulsa recognizes exceptional employees with the Tulsa Blue award. Tulsa Blue designates those who go above and beyond their regular duties and exemplify the characteristics of exceptional public service to the citizens of Tulsa and fellow City employees.

EMD employee Jeff Ostler was recognized as a Tulsa Blue recipient in 2016. Jeff possesses the most Ford training certifications of any EMD technician and he lacks one more certification to become an EMD Ford Master Certified Technician. Jeff is also working towards obtaining his ASE Master Certification. Jeff promotes team building and continually implements process efficiencies and customer service improvements. 

EMD employee Gary Burr was recognized as a Tulsa Blue recipient in 2015. Gary Burr is a valued EMD Shop Supervisor II who has faithfully served the City for the past 33 years. He developed and facilitated the Learning with A Wrench program, which launched in August of 2014 as a result of the Mayor's efforts to offer students another path to prosperity. Gary took on 11 high school students and made sure they were engaged in the program and learned how a vehicle repair-shop operates, all while running the fleet repair garage. He is highly valued for his ability to change many of these students' lives by helping them with their future career and education decisions.

Technician of the Month
Monthly, EMD Maintenance Supervisors nominate a technician from each shop to be considered for "Technician of the Month". The supervisors deliberate and select the winner from the nominee pool. Nominees are judged based on customer feedback, work performance, adherence to safety rules, attitude and commitment, teamwork, completion of training objectives, and their willingness to learn and take on new responsibilities. A monthly EMD luncheon is rotated between maintenance shops, and all nominees are recognized at the luncheon with the winner receiving a medallion and a 54” long engraved WWE style belt (traveling trophy). The department director along with EMD managers and supervisors are on-hand to congratulate the winner.

Technician of the Year
EMD customers and employees are surveyed at the end of the year and asked to vote for the "Technician of the Year." The survey contains the name of each employee honored as Technician of the Month during the period January through December. The Technician of the Year winner gets to keep the 54” long engraved WWE style belt. Each Technician of the Month winner signs the belt that is given to the Technician of the Year winner.