ORLANDO – OUC- The Reliable One is hosting the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) 16th Annual Florida Lineman Competition on Saturday, March 12 at 8 a.m. in a large field near the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside. Take SR 436 – Turn east on T.G. Lee Blvd and follow the road until it ends. (View map)
OUC is sending 11 lineworkers comprising two journeyman teams which include three linemen each, and also five apprentices (those with four years or less experience) who will compete individually. The rodeo includes a series of events which tests competitors’ skills, techniques and abilities in a variety of timed venues. One example includes the rescue of an injured crewman from a pole.
In Orlando, we are often known as the lightning capital of the country, which means our crews are tested almost daily during storm season,” said OUC Electric & Water Delivery Vice President Clint Bullock. “During these statewide competitions, our crews will learn new skills from other companies and that makes us a better, faster and safer utility.
Last week, several utilities came to Orlando to assist with the set-up of the field where 68 individual 40-foot poles are now set up. A giant American flag will be very visible from the north side of SR 528 across from Orlando International Airport. A total of 21 teams and 61 apprentices are scheduled to compete in the event, which is free and open to the public. Chris Hosier, Roger McBride, Dewey Harvey, Mark Fisher, Justin Jackson, Steven Ramos, Mike Atout, Dallas Aldridge, Nelson Rodriquez, Victor Mendoza and Thomas Whitley, Jr. will represent the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Check out photos under the hashtag #OUCproud and follow us on Twitter @OUCreliableone
About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 240,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.