KUA “Electric Cowboys” to Compete at Statewide Rodeo

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 12, 2007 – Twenty-two teams and 25 apprentices from a dozen of Florida’s electric utilities will gather in Ocala this weekend for the seventh annual Florida Lineman’s Competition.

The purpose of the day-long event is to demonstrate the safety, skill and education of electric linemen.

There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground person. 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.

The journeyman team competition consists of six timed events: lamp and photocell replacement, hurtman rescue, 15kV switch replacement, insulator changeout and two mystery events. The apprentice competition also features six timed events, including lamp and photocell replacement, hurtman rescue, cross arm brace change, 3 phase wye and two mystery events. The mystery events won’t be revealed to participants until the day before the competition.

Competing teams hail from KUA, City of Alachua, City of Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, JEA (Jacksonville), Keys Energy Services (Key West), Lafayette Utilities System (Louisiana), Lakeland Electric, Ocala Electric Utility, Orlando Utilities Commission and City of Tallahassee.

Representing KUA in the journeyman competition are (Team #1) Eddie Gluc, Alberto Mercado, Luis Santiago; (Team #2) Jerry Barton, Jon Latiolais, Mike Taylor; and (Team #3) Jamie Boswell, Mike Fulmore, Aaron Haderle. Apprentices include Rich Perez, David Wolfe and Jason Wright.

The event promises live action, music, concessions and a play area for the kids. Admission and parking are free. Additional details are available at http://www.publicpower.com/flc.shtml.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116