Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s top electric cooperative line workers will assemble in Raleigh on the morning of Wednesday, October 13 to determine the 2010 Pole Top Rescue Champion. The competition tests lifesaving skills in which all electric cooperative line workers must achieve proficiency.
The event will be hosted on the lawn of the Raleigh headquarters building for North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. This building is located at the intersection of Capital and Sumner Boulevards. The competition begins at 9 a.m. with 25 local cooperative champions competing to secure one of the top spots.
At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must perform in a scenario which finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20-feet up a utility 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 prizes for first, second and third place.
The scenario used at the pole top rescue competition is the same scenario all of North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must perform in less than five minutes in order to maintain their certification to work on co-op lines.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide energy to 2.5 million people in 93 of 100 counties, primarily in the rural parts of state. The electric cooperatives own and maintain 95,000 miles of power lines, by far the most of any electric utility in North Carolina.
The list below will provide you with the names of participants, the electric cooperative the participant works for and the counties served by that co-op. The list reflects the order of competition, which begins at 9 a.m.
|Freddy White||Four County EMC||Duplin, Sampson, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Onslow|
|Steve Lewis||Edgecombe-Martin County EMC||Nash, Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt, Beaufort, Bertie, Halifax, Wilson|
|Matthew Byrum||Albemarle EMC||Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck|
|Danny Lee||Randolph EMC||Randolph, Alamance, Chatham, Montgomery, Moore|
|Cory Lawrence||Wake EMC||Granville, Vance, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Nash, Franklin|
|Timmy Williams||South River EMC||Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Johnston|
|Jonathan Vernesoni||Cape Hatteras EC||Dare|
|David Raynor||Jones-Onslow EMC||Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Pender, Craven|
|Kenny Simmons||Pee Dee EMC||Anson, Richmond, Montgomery, Scotland, Moore, Stanly, Union|
|Leonard Person||Tri-County EMC||Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Johnston, Jones, Sampson, Wilson|
|Jeff Furr||Union Power||Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly|
|Mike Jones||Lumbee River EMC||Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson, Scotland|
|Charles Bryant||Roanoke EC||Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan, Perquimans|
|Scott Murray||Rutherford EMC||Rutherford, McDowell, Polk, Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Mitchell|
|Justin Collins||Surry-Yadkin EMC||Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Forsyth|
|James Price||Brunswick EMC||Columbus, Brunswick Bladen, Robeson|
|Brad Cox||Tideland EMC||Beaufort, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Washington|
|Ken Thomas||Central EMC||Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Randolph|
|Jonathan Long||Carteret-Craven EC||Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow|
|Ben Hurley||Blue Ridge EMC||Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander, Avery|
|Jason Worley||French Broad EMC||Madison, Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell|
|Steve Height||Halifax EMC||Warren, Halifax, Martin, Nash|
|Brent Talley||Piedmont EMC||Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person|
|Lee Lackey||EnergyUnited||Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes|
|Brian Noland||Haywood EMC||Haywood, Buncombe, Transylvania, Jackson, Madison, Macon|