Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and a trophy from Saturday’s 15th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Sacramento, California.
Fifty-eight teams and 86 apprentices from municipal utilities across the nation gathered to recognize the profession of line work and demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. The rodeo-style competition, held on the grounds of Gibson Ranch Park, consisted of five timed events.
KUA apprentice lineman Austin Franey brought home a trophy and the nation’s second best score in the hurtman rescue event, an event that simulates the rescue of an injured lineworker.
KUA’s journeyman team, featuring Shane Paras, Willie Simmons and Jason Wright with Dave Wolfe as alternate, earned a score of 482 out of 500 possible points, receiving perfect scores in two of the five events.
Franey earned a score of 474 points and perfect scores in three of his events, while apprentice lineman Dillon Smathers earned 460 points and perfect scores in two events.
KUA was one of only two utilities in Florida to win at the national level of competition.
The American Public Power Association, based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 48 million Americans.