KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 22, 2013 – Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and six trophies from Saturday’s 13th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Jacksonville.
Twenty-three teams and 33 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida gathered to recognize the profession of line work and demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. The rodeo-style competition consisted of five timed events.
There are two levels of competition in a lineworkers rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground worker. 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.
Trophies were awarded to KUA in the following event categories:
Journeyman Team #113 – Brent Davis, Chris Ketner, David Wolfe
1st place – Cutout Replacement
3rd place – Suspension Bell Change (Angle Replacement)
Journeyman Team #115 – Robert Diaz, Mike Taylor, Billy White
5th place overall in Florida
Apprentice #211 – Austin Franey
2nd place – Rope Toss
3rd place – Single Phase Tie-in
3rd place – Vertical Hurtman Rescue
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
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