KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 2, 2012 – Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and four trophies from Saturday’s 12th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Gainesville.
Eighteen teams and 33 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida gathered to recognize the profession of line work and demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. The rodeo-style competition consisted of five timed events.
There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground worker. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience.
Trophies were awarded to KUA in the following event categories:
Journeyman Team #1 – Clay Campbell, Rich Perez, Jason Wright
3rd place overall in Florida
Journeyman Team #2 – Steve Bray, Chris Ketner, David Wolfe
3rd place – Cross Arm Change Out
3rd place – 88KV Insulator Replacement
3rd place – Mystery Event (Conductor Tie In)
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent