KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 17, 2015 – Eleven linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority are in Tallahassee to compete against linemen from other utilities throughout the state in Saturday’s 15th annual Florida Lineman Competition.
The purpose of the day-long event is to demonstrate the skill, safety and teamwork of electric linemen in a series of timed events based on traditional lineman tasks. This year’s event will feature 19 journeyman teams, 54 apprentices and five senior teams (over age 45).
“This annual rodeo enables linemen to test their knowledge and skills in a fun, competitive environment,” said Ken Davis, KUA’s vice president of engineering and operations. “The competition builds teamwork and tests the readiness of our crews as we enter this year’s storm season.”
There are two levels of competition within the rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground worker. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience. Both levels of competition will participate in five timed events.
Representing KUA will be:
Journeyman Team – Shane Paras, Willie Simmons, Jason Wright
Brian Cutcher, Britt Erwin, Austin Franey, Ryan Henderson, Kevon McKinsey, Tony Nasco, Steve Perusek and Dillon Smathers will compete in the apprentice competition.
David Wolfe will serve as an event judge, Alberto Mercado as an event chief judge and Aaron Haderle as the rodeo’s master judge. Bruce Thompson will serve in a support role.
The competition will be held at the Tallahassee Auto Museum, 6800 Mahan Dr., and is open to the public.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state that collectively serve three million Floridians.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent