KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 5, 8:30 a.m. – The top linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) arrive in Sacramento, Calif. today to compete in their very own version of the rodeo.
Hosted by the American Public Power Association, the sixth annual Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo attracts the best linemen from utilities across the nation to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks.
The event begins with a series of training and safety courses on April 7 followed by the competition on April 8.
“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. “It also ensures the readiness of our crews for the upcoming hurricane 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 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.
This year’s competition includes 56 journeyman teams and 69 apprentices.
The journeyman team competition consists of five timed events: 600 amp switch replacement (4kv), four deadend bell changeout (4kv), cross arm change out, cut out change out (12kv) and hurtman rescue. The apprentice competition includes four timed events and a written test.
KUA’s journeyman team is made up of Mike Fulmore, Gary Guinan and Luis Santiago with Alberto Mercado serving as alternate. Dustin Kelley, Chris Ketner and David Wolfe will compete in the apprentice competition.
KUA linemen competed in the Florida Lineman’s Competition on March 18, earning 10 trophies and the state’s fifth best ranking.
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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