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03/27/2006 ~ Knowledge, strength, agility, and safety were on display as Florida’s top electric linemen and line apprentices competed in the Sixth Annual Florida Lineman’s Rodeo on March 18th, in Kissimmee, Florida.

Twenty-four teams representing municipal and electric cooperative utilities from around the state showcased their talents in several real-world events that simulated on-the-job procedures. Such events, like the Hurt-Man Rescue, simulated an emergency procedure where a lineman must climb a 40-foot power pole to aid an injured line worker represented as a 180-pound mannequin. The injured worker must be properly secured and safely lowered to the ground following strict safety procedures.

Linemen Pedro Arencibia, George Castellon, Albert Fernandez, Tommy Grassi, and Scott Morgan represented Keys Energy Services (KEYS) at this year’s showcase.

“The quality of our lineman’s workmanship was superb,” said KEYS General Manger & CEO Lynne Tejeda. She added that, “the annual Lineman’s Rodeo helps KEYS linemen improve upon their craft and trade tricks-of-the-trade with contemporaries throughout the state.”

For safety purposes, all events were conducted in a non-energized environment.

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