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February 22, 2022 — Stockton, CA — We are excited to announce M.K. Youngblood has been named as ACRT Pacific’s new safety manager.
In his new role, Youngblood will oversee ACRT Pacific’s safety programs, protocols, and policies, while keeping curriculum up to date staying aligned with the other ACRT Services family of companies.
Youngblood has more than 30 years of public service and first responder experience with core proficiency in American Indian law, American Indian culture, and disaster cleanup.
Most recently, Youngblood has served as a safety officer, incident commander for emergency response, and project manager for workgroups supporting wildfire risk compliance on transmission and distribution electric systems.
He also serves as a certified instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy (National Nuclear Security Administration and Center for Radiological Nuclear Training), U.S. Emergency Management Institute, and Center for Domestic Preparedness.
“I’m excited to take on the safety manager role at ACRT Pacific and would like to see our organization on the cutting edge of safety,” says Youngblood. “ACRT Services played an integral role in bringing safety to our industry by introducing the Z133 Safety Standard and have gone above and beyond ever since. I intend to keep moving those safety standards forward at ACRT Pacific in coordination and cooperation with our sister companies.”
Youngblood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minn.
Currently, Youngblood is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Disaster Archeology – American Indian Cultural and Natural Resources, from California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, Calif. He’s also in the process of earning his International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist credential. Youngblood is a California Central Valley native and a member of the Haslett Basin Holkama Mono Tribe.
“M.K. is a great addition to ACRT Pacific, and we’re excited to have him as our newest safety manager,” said Bryan Durr, director of operations for ACRT Pacific. “He has a great passion for learning and has the belief that you are never too old to expand your mind or create a new skill set. We look forward to seeing where his wealth of experience leads our safety program.”
ACRT Pacific partners with California-based utilities to proactively manage vegetation across their rights-of-way — ensuring safe and reliable service to customers and ensuring compliance in a heavy regulatory environment. To learn more about ACRT Pacific, its independent industry position, and its services to California utilities, visit pacific.acrt.com.
ACRT Pacific is the largest independent utility consulting company in the U.S. and empowers utilities to proactively manage vegetation across their entire rights-of-way. We consistently stay on top of and share relevant industry content with our employees and customers around the country.