Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today that the Oak Ridge Public Works Department Emergency Vehicle Technicians have now completed the testing process and have been notified by the Certification Commission that they have become certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVT’s).  This is a national certification program to ensure the vehicle technicians repairing, inspecting and installing emergency equipment on police and fire vehicles and ambulances are qualified to perform these services, ensuring the safety of the emergency responders and the public.

David Owens is assigned to the fire department vehicles and has been employed with the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department for 10 years.  Prior to joining the City, Dave was employed as an EVT with Rural/Metro of Tennessee for 8 years, where he maintained their fire vehicles and ambulances.  Dave is married to Rajeana and the have 3 children, sons DJ and Josh and daughter Jessica.

David Coots is assigned to the police department vehicles and has been employed with the city for 16 years. Prior to joining the City, he was employed by Western Auto for 6 years.

“We are fortunate to have these men working on our emergency vehicles” says Chief Kerley.“There are always one or two vehicles at the shop for monthly inspections, maintenance or repairs and these men keep our fleet in-service and on the road serving the community”

We kid about both of the EVT’s being named David, so much of the community know these men as “Fire Truck Dave” David Owens and “Police Car Dave” David Coots.  Please congratulate these men for their achievement and for their service to our City. 

Additional information about this program can be found at:
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Pictured from left to right: David Owens and David Coots