Have you ever seen an electric utility lineworker climb a pole?
Well, now’s your chance, and let me tell you—it’s pretty amazing!
Twenty-four of the state’s most skilled and speediest linemen will gather in Raleigh on Oct. 16 to compete against each other and the clock in the 2014 Pole Top Rescue Competition. Each of the linemen works at one of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, which collectively own and maintain 95,000 miles of power line and serve 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties, primarily in rural areas.
The linemen, dressed in full climbing gear, perform in a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. They have to radio for help, scale a 20-foot pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes. There will be two competition categories this year, each receiving cash prizes for the top three finishers.
Thursday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
3400 Sumner Blvd, Raleigh, N.C. 27616. At the intersection of Capital and Sumner Boulevards on the lawn of the North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ building.
We will be Tweeting from @NCelectriccoop using #ncpoletop. Join us!