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Second Cup: 20th Annual Florida Lineman Competition

Posted at 7:39 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 07:39:29-04

(WTXL) — Jason Smith with the city of Tallahassee electric utility department and Amy Zubaly joined ABC 27 on Wednesday to tell us about the 20th Annual Florida Lineman Competition.

When the rain falls, winds blow and the lights go out, electric utility crews get to work. Often dealing with treacherous weather conditions, linemen shoulder the storm to ensure power is reliably and safely delivered to electric utility customers.

Next week, electric utility crews from across Florida will showcase some of their weather-hardened skills as they compete in the 20th annual Florida Lineman Competition.

Hosted by the City of Tallahassee, along with the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), this free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, March 14, showcasing the special skills, safety techniques and superior efficiency required to be an electric lineworker.

Some of the challenging obstacles linemen will face during the competition include handling downed wires, changing out electrical transformers and rescuing an injured coworker.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive.