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Lineman’s Rodeo raises funds for International Program

The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted its Second Annual Lineman’s Rodeo Aug. 28-29 at the association’s headquarters in Jefferson City. The event — designed to let linemen show off the skills they use on the job — also raised funds for future projects that send Missouri linemen to developing nations to build power lines for people living without the benefits of electricity.

Gov. Mike Parson visited the event Wednesday morning and spoke with the linemen on the importance of their work abroad.

“It truly does make a difference,” said Gov. Parson, who is a member of Southwest Electric Cooperative. “When you hear those stories, it makes you proud to know that we are doing things for a higher cause than just those of us back home. We’re trying to help other people across the country who don’t have the utilities that we take for granted every day.”

The governor also commented on workforce development, an initiative he plans to make central to his administration. He told the linemen there is a critical need for more workers to fill a growing number of technical jobs in Missouri.

The two-day event consists of team and individual competitions in the apprentice and journeyman divisions. Some of the challenges include the Hurt-Man Rescue and Modified Pole Climb. Linemen were also faced with a 100-question knowledge test and mystery events they had little time to prepare for, such as changing out transformer arrestors. Competitors are judged on how safely they complete each challenge. Individual times are only used in the case of a tiebreaker.

“Safety is always the first concern for co-op crews when they head out to work,” said AMEC’s Craig Moeller, who organized the event and also leads Missouri’s International Program. “The Lineman’s Rodeo is a great opportunity for them to practice the challenges they face every day and reinforce the training they need to get home safely.”

The AMEC Lineman’s Rodeo is a fundraiser for international electrification projects sponsored by Missouri’s electric cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Over the last three years, lineworkers from Missouri’s electric co-ops have traveled to developing areas in Bolivia to help rural communities see their lights turn on for the first time.

You can find more information about the trips on Facebook.

Eleven teams and a total of 43 linemen from eight cooperatives in Missouri took part in the safety, skills and knowledge competition. They braved brutally hot temperatures Tuesday afternoon and dealt with wet weather Wednesday morning, similar to their real-life work environments.

Click here to view photos of the event.

Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place standings in each of the competitive categories of the Rodeo. 

 

TEAM DIVISION

1st Place

Barry Electric Cooperative

Tim Thompson/Brian Robbins/Kevin Holloway

2nd Place

Boone Electric Cooperative

Team -Tim Gilbert/Josh Turner/Adam Bauer

3rd Place

Boone Electric Cooperative

Team - Matt Cope/Anthony Atkins/Jason Toalson

INDIVIDUAL JOURNEYMAN DIVISION

1st Place

Tim Thompson

Barry Electric Cooperative

 

2nd Place

Mark Visnosky

White River Valley Electric Cooperative

 

3rd Place

Brad Mick

Platte Clay Electric Cooperative

 

INDIVIDUAL APPRENTICE DIVISION

1st Place

Jake Mebruer

Boone Electric Cooperative

 

2nd Place

Jacob Kumm

Laclede Electric Cooperative

 

3rd Place

Travis Meyers

Boone Electric Cooperative

 

COOPERATIVES WHO PARTICIPATED:

Barry Electric Cooperative - Cassville, MO

Black River Electric Cooperative – Fredericktown, MO

Boone Electric Cooperative – Columbia, MO

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative – Troy, MO

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative – Butler, MO

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative – Platte City, MO

West Central Electric Cooperative – Higginsville, MO

White River Valley Electric Cooperative – Branson, MO

 


 

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