KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 25, 2013 – In a competition that measures safety, skill and speed, linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority bested 58 teams from across the nation on Saturday to take home the top prize in the American Public Power Association’s 13th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, held in Kissimmee.
The rodeo is the ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Working on the ground and atop 40-foot wooden utility poles, participants are judged on safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and timely event completion.
This year’s competition featured 59 journeyman teams and 76 apprentices, representing utilities from throughout the U.S.
Trophies were awarded to KUA in the following event categories:
Journeyman Team #1 – Lineman Clay Campbell, lineman first class Rich Perez, line crew supervisor Jason Wright
1st Place – URD
Journeyman Team #2 – Lineman Brent Davis, lineman first class Chris Ketner, lineman first class David Wolfe
1st Place – Journeyman Overall
1st Place – Two-Phase Horizontal Cut Out Change-Out
2nd Place – URD
3rd Place – Suspension Bell Change-Out
In addition, apprentice linemen Britt Erwin and Chad Sullivan and groundman Austin Franey brought home high marks in the apprentice competition.
KUA’s teams and apprentices will represent the utility in the Florida Lineman Competition on April 19-20 in Jacksonville, Fla.
APPA is the national service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities serving 47 million people.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent