• Northwest Fleet Safety Certification

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  • In May of 2016, OTA launched its first ever exclusive comprehensive safety program – Northwest Fleet Safety Certification. This unique curriculum covers all aspects of creating and maintaining a top-notch fleet safety program. Training courses that cover a wide range of topics will be offered throughout the year. Whether your fleet safety personnel are new to the job or just need a refresher on the industry’s ever-changing rules and regulations, OTA’s Northwest Fleet Safety program offers the tools and resources they need to keep trucks, shops, and people safe and protected.

    This program addresses topics that all well-rounded safety personnel need to perform their job effectively, as well as the required regulatory courses. Developed by OTA safety expert, John Sallak, and the Safety Management Council, the Northwest Fleet Safety program has built-in flexibility so that fleets can supplement their safety training with the entire program or individual courses. John has since retired as of April 2017, but the program continues at OTA.

    Read our article in the CVSA Guardian!

    The 2018-2019 session is officially complete, and graduates will be announced during the Annual Safety Conference April 18-19, 2019. The next program will begin in May 2019. Spots do fill up quickly, so let us know if you'd like to get on the roster for next year! Please contact us for details.

  •  2019-2020 CLASS SCHEDULE

    Date Topic
    May 9, 2019

    Safety Culture

    Conducting Meetings

    June 13, 2019 Drug & Alcohol
    July 11, 2019



    September 19, 2019


    Driver Qualification

    October 10, 2019



    November 14, 2019

    Defensive Driving

    Accident Investigation

    January 9, 2020

    Inspections, Repairs, & Maintenance


    February 13, 2020

    Safety ROI



    OTA Members:

    • $2,600 (invoiced quarterly)
    • $2,200 (paid in full by first class)


    • $3,600

    *Class is limited to 15 participants. Topics may be subject to change and/or expand due to the ever-changing trucking industry! Graduates will be recognized at the 2020 Safety Conference. 


  • Graduates of the NW Fleet Safety Certification Program (2018-2019):

    (Instructor: Adam Williamson)

    • Roger Alley, Blue Line Transportation Co.
    • Chad Belcher, Leavitt's Freight Service
    • Vic Clapp, Lile International Companies
    • Alex Crider, Stinger Transport
    • Noah Horwitz, DSV Road Transport
    • Rachel Hubbard, Kool Pak
    • Larry Needham, Gene Whitaker
    • Michael Note, WHA Insurance
    • Dean Noyes, Western Heavy Haul
    • Jamie Peterson, Gene Whitaker
    • Mario Rivera, Charlie's Produce
    • Roni Shaw, Bowman Trucking
    • Catrina Stanks, WHA Insurance
    • George Wood, TP Trucking


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  • Graduates of the 2017-2018 NW Fleet Safety Certification Program:

    (Instructor: Joe Darby)

    • Cyrel Moore, B & R Reliable Transportation Services, LLC
    • Hedie C. Schulte, Boshart Trucking, Inc.
    • Ashley Saucedo, Western Mountain Transport, Inc.
    • Theresa Brown, Roseburg Forest Products
    • Lisa I. Howe, Thomas & Sons Distributors
    • Katrina A. Nielsen, KM Nielsen Trucking
    • Bryan Hutton, McCracken Motor Freight, Inc.
    • Craig Brown, Leavitt's Freight Service, Inc.
    • Alicia Wilson, WCCL Trucking, LLC
    • Kenneth Laudahl, Carson / NEXGEN Logistics, LLC


  • 2018-2019 OTA NW Fleet Safety Certification Graduates

  • Graduates of the inaugural NW Fleet Safety Certification Program (2016-2017):

    (Instructor: John Sallak)

    • Bill Lundin, Independent Dispatch, Inc.
    • Christie Wuerst, Terrain Tamers Chip Hauling, Inc.
    • Dennis Fullan, Space Age Fuel Inc.
    • Don Thompson, Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc.
    • Gene Hullette, Leavitt's Freight Service
    • Joe Moody, A&M Transport, Inc.
    • Kyle Anderson, DSV Road Transport
    • Melissa Brown, McGinn Bros Trucking
    • Ron Bowers, Ron Bowers, Inc.
    • Todd Boldin, Reddaway


  • NW Fleet Safety Graduates 2017
  • Testimonials:


    "Leavitt’s Freight Service has enthusiastically supported this OTA training effort. Three Leavitt’s Risk Management Department Associates have graduated from the program and we’ve registered another for the cycle staring in May 2019.  Their ability to support Leavitt’s safety efforts have proven invaluable with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that clearly support our Return On Investment.  This program has educated these associates in a wide range of topics that allows them to be cross utilized within the department while coaching and disciplining drivers in a competent manner.  It is essential that any associate involved with driver supervision i.e. safety manager, compliance associate, safety coach, driver manager, fleet manager, etc. needs to have a well-rounded understanding of the issues & topics addressed in this program to maximize support to our drivers while (1) driving down cost, (2) improving the safety performance of our drivers, (3) ensuring  compliance with state/federal regulations and (4) satisfying  due diligence responsibilities in the event of legal litigation actions.”

    -Billy Dover, SR Risk Manager at Leavitt's Freight Service


    "The Northwest Fleet Safety Certification Program is a quality next level training course complete with the ability to network with some of the leading safety professionals in our industry.”

    -George Wood, Driver and Safety Manager at TP Trucking


    "I enrolled because I was new to the Safety Department, and I felt that I would benefit greatly from the lessons, networking, and friendships that I could learn as well as develop in this course.  The lessons were very thorough and presented very precisely by all of the instructors to the point of giving expert insight on each subject making each of us better trained for our jobs.  Although John tried his best to stump us with some difficult homework, we all persevered and overcame his challenges and his jokes.  I feel with the knowledge and relationships that I have developed in this course, I am a much better asset for Reddaway and the Safety community as a whole.  Thanks to the OTA, John Sallak, and all of the instructors for providing this course and the training to give myself and Reddaway the knowledge and certification that will go a long way in making the roads a safer place as well as all of our working environments.”

    -Todd Boldin, Northern Division Safety Manager at Reddaway


    “In this fast paced and heavily regulated industry, The Oregon Trucking Associations' Northwest Fleet Safety Certification class has given me and my company the passion, courage and a firm foundation in which to take our company into the future."  

    -Donald A. Thompson, Director of Safety at Sherman Bros Heavy Trucking

  • Questions about the NW Fleet Safety Certification Program? Contact safety@ortrucking.org to learn more. 

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