Sallisaw’s electric service department was honored Monday at the Board of City commissioners’ monthly meeting.
Tom Rider, general manager of the Oklahoma Municipal Alliance (OMA), was on hand to honor the workers for their perfect safety record for 2018. Crews worked 14,300 hours with no lost-time incidents, Rider said. The men were presented with a plaque honoring their achievement.
Rider also recognized Steven Armstrong, who recently completed his journeyman training.
The OMA, formerly known as the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, is the statewide trade association for the Sooner State’s 63 municipally owned electric distribution utilities.
The agency provides a variety of services to its member cities, including electric line apprenticeship, job training and safety, on-site customer service and more. Staff members work to provide the most cost-effective power possible and deliver it in the most reliable and safest of ways.
The OMA also partners with select municipal water and wastewater professionals to provide hands-on operational best-practice training across the state.
Expanding the agency’s membership is vital, Rider said, adding that bringing professionals training that is closer to home will also help. The OMA’s biggest challenge, Rider said, is being able to offer the right training to meet professionals’ needs.
“We’re excited by what (OMA) is trying to do,” Rider said.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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