KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 28, 2012 – Some of the best linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority will travel to Gainesville this weekend to compete in their very own version of the rodeo.
Hosted by the Florida Municipal Electric Association, the 12th annual Florida Lineman Competition will draw top linemen from utilities across the state to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks.
The event will begin with a safety training course on March 30, followed by the competition on March 31. This year’s competition features 18 journeyman teams and 33 apprentices.
“This annual rodeo enables linemen to test their knowledge and skills in a fun, competitive environment,” said Ken Davis, KUA’s vice president of engineering and operations. “The competition builds teamwork and tests the readiness of our crews as we enter storm season.”
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. Both levels of competition will participate in five timed events.
Representing KUA in the journeyman competition will be:
Team 1 – Clay Campbell, Rich Perez, Jason Wright
Team 2 – Steve Bray, Chris Ketner, David Wolfe
Brent Davis, Britt Erwin, Stetson Kent and Chad Sullivan will compete in the apprentice competition.
Paul Therriault will serve as event judge, Logan Murphy as chief judge and Aaron Haderle as the rodeo’s master judge.
The competition will be held at 4747 N. Main Street in Gainesville and is open to the public.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state that collectively serve three million Floridians.
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