KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 8, 2017 – Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home perfect scores and three national trophies from Saturday’s 17th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by the American Public Power Association.
Seventy-three teams and 157 apprentices from utilities across the United States and several U.S. territories gathered to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the craft of linework. The rodeo-style competition consisted of five timed events.
KUA’s journeyman team was made up of Austin Franey, Shane Paras and Billy White, with Dave Wolfe serving as alternate. Lars Akkerman and Danny Kelly competed in the apprentice competition.
Trophies were awarded to KUA linemen in the following event categories:
Journeyman Team – Austin Franey, Shane Paras, Billy White, Dave Wolfe (alternate)
1st place – Hurtman Rescue
Apprentice – Lars Akkerman
2nd place – Obstacle Course
Apprentice – Danny Kelly
5th place – Apprentice Overall
There are two levels of competition within the lineworker rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentices. 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.
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million customers that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.