KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 10, 8:30 a.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) lineworkers brought home high marks from the sixth annual Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo.
Fifty-six teams and 69 apprentices from throughout the United States gathered in Sacramento, Calif. on April 8 to recognize the profession of line work as well as demonstrate the safety, skill and education of electric linemen.
Held in conjunction with the American Public Power Association’s Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, the rodeo consisted of five timed events, including 600 amp switch replacement (4kv), four deadend bell changeout (4kv), cross arm change out, cut out change out (12kv) and hurtman rescue.
KUA’s journeyman team scored 496 points out of 500 possible points.
KUA’s journeyman team was made up of Mike Fulmore, Gary Guinan and Luis Santiago, with Alberto Mercado serving as alternate.
Dustin Kelley, Chris Ketner and David Wolfe competed in the apprentice competition.
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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