KUA Linemen to Compete in Statewide Competition

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 18, 2009 – Fifteen teams and 27 apprentices from nearly a dozen Florida electric utilities will gather in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 28 for the ninth annual Florida Lineman Competition.

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

There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: 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: remove single phase jumper, cross arm change out, vertical hurtman rescue, 12kV post insulator change and one mystery event. The apprentice competition also features five timed events, including rope toss, insulator change out, vertical human rescue, 3 phase open delta and one mystery event. The mystery events won’t be revealed to participants until the day before the competition.

Representing KUA in the journeyman competition are (Team #1) Dustin Kelley, Chris Ketner and David Wolfe; (Team #2) Marcello McDonald, Rich Perez and Jason Wright. Apprentices include Brent Davis, Robert Diaz, Josh Miller, Shane Paras and Jaret Rivers.

Alberto Mercado and Luis Santiago will serve as team support; Aaron Haderle and Paul Therriault will serve as event judges.

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