KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 18, 6:00 a.m. – Twenty-four teams and 24 apprentices from more than a dozen of Florida’s electric utilities will gather in Kissimmee today as Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) plays host to the sixth 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 competition will consist of six timed events, including hurtman rescue and lamp and photocell replacement. The apprentice competition will also include six timed events.
Competing teams hail from KUA, City of Bartow, Beaches Energy Services (Jacksonville Beach), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, JEA (Jacksonville), Keys Energy Services (Key West), Lakeland Electric, Ocala Electric Utility, Orlando Utilities Commission, Progress Energy and the City of Tallahassee.
Representing KUA in the journeyman competition are (Team #1) Aaron Haderle, Logan Murphy, David Wolfe; (Team #2) Eddie Gluc, Jeff Powell, Paul Therriault; and (Team #3) Mike Fulmore, Gary Guinan, Luis Santiago. Apprentices include Dustin Kelley and Chris Ketner.
The rodeo begins at 8 a.m. at Osceola Heritage Park with a special flag raising ceremony followed by a military aircraft flyover. This event promises live action, music, concessions and a play area for the kids. Admission and parking are free.
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
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