Marietta Power won several awards at the 19th annual Georgia Lineman's Rodeo, held in Albany, Ga.
"Our lineworkers' dedication to competing in these events and being the best they can be demonstrates the quality and character of our employees," Marietta Power electrical director Tom Bell said. "We have some of the best lineworkers in the state and nation."
The awards honor lineworkers' expertise, and the events are judged based upon safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and speed.
There are two levels of competition within the rodeos -- journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members -- two climbers and a ground person -- and can include an optional alternate. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker has four or fewer years of experience.
Five apprentices – Chris Poston, Eric Crisler, Cody Davis, Randall Inskeep and Jeremy Bassett – competed individually against a total of 38 apprentices and brought home a total of 10 awards including 1st and 3rd in the Municipal Division, and 4th Overall. Marietta Power's apprentices were coached by journeyman lineman Nick Sawyer and foreman Alan (Opie) Matthews, who is also a lineman.
Overall Apprentice Winner
4th - Jeremy Bassett
Apprentice Municipal Division Winners
1st – Jeremy Bassett
3rd – Eric Crisler
1st – Eric Crisler
2nd – Jeremy Basset
2nd – Cody Davis
2nd – Chris Poston
3rd – Randall Inskeep
1st – Chris Poston
2nd – Randall Inskeep
"Marietta Water administrative assistant Karmen Scarbro and Marietta Power safety and training manager Rodney Scarbro, who served as volunteers during the rodeo, deserve a great deal of credit for all of the coordination and hard work they do for the rodeo," Bell said. "Rodney always has the materials and equipment needed and takes our trailer to the event each year while the coaches dedicate a good deal of their own time helping the apprentices practice and learn."
"Marietta Power engineering manager Ernie Garcia served as a greeter and judge for the Service Hookup event, and I served as a judge for the Journeyman Hurtman Rescue event," Bell said. "Judges and greeters are volunteers from all involved utilities." Bell expects at least one Marietta Power apprentice team to compete in next year’s rodeo.
More info: Marietta Power, 770-794-5150