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03/15/2004 ~ Knowledge, strength, agility, and safety will be on display as Florida’s top electric linemen and line apprentices compete in the Fourth Annual FMEA-FMPA Florida Lineman’s Competition, March 20, 2004, in Ocala, Florida.

Twenty-two teams and 20 apprentices representing municipal and electric cooperative utilities from around the state will compete in several real-world events that simulate on-the-job procedures. Such events, like the Hurt-Man Rescue, simulate 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 Tommy Grassi, Brian Veliz, and Pedro Delgado will represent Keys Energy Services (KEYS) at this year’s competition.

Judges representing journey linemen, supervisors, and managers from electric utilities across Florida will monitor each event and score the linemen teams and apprentices based on safety, demonstrating good work practices, neatness and ability, proper handling of equipment, and timely completion of the event.

For safety purposes, all competition events will be conducted in a non-energized environment. The competition will be held from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the West Ocala Utility Operations Center, and is free and open to the public. For more information about the competition, visit

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