KUA Linemen to Compete in Statewide Competition

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 9, 2010 – Twenty one linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority will travel to Ocala on Saturday to compete against other linemen from utilities throughout the state in the 10th annual Florida Lineman Competition.

The purpose of the day-long event is to demonstrate the skill, safety and teamwork of electric linemen.

There are two levels of competition within the competition: journeyman teams and apprentices. 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 team competition consists of five timed events: cross arm change out, vertical hurtman rescue, 600-Amp switch, 100-Amp cutout replacement and insulator change out. The apprentice competition also features five timed events, including refuse and close cutouts, vertical hurtman rescue, obstacle course, cross arm brace change and streetlight head change out.

Representing KUA in the journeyman competition are:

Team 1 – Aaron Haderle, Chris Ketner, David Wolfe (g)
Team 2 – Richard Perez, Mike Taylor (g), Jason Wright
Team 3 – George Blair (g), Jamie Boswell, Jon Latiolais
Team 4 – Steve Bray, Dustin Kelley, Bob Viele (g)

(g) ground person

Apprentices representing the utility include Allen Carver, Ryan Dalton, Brent Davis, Robert Diaz, Justin Little, Josh Miller, Shane Paras, Jaret Rivers and Billy White.

Alberto Mercado, Paul Therriault and Bruce Thompson will represent KUA as event judges; Logan Murphy will serve as team support.

The event promises live action, music, concessions and a play area for the kids. Admission and parking are free. Additional details are available at http://www.publicpower.com/flc.shtml.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836