Statewide competition to test lifesaving skills of electric line workers

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s top electric cooperative line workers will assemble in Raleigh on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 30 to determine the 2012 Pole Top Rescue Champions. This competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills. Each competitor had to win a local competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh.

The event will be hosted on the lawn of the Raleigh office for North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. The building is located at the intersection of Capital and Sumner Boulevards. The competition begins at 9 a.m. with 26 local cooperative champions competing to secure one of the top spots. You can also follow along live on Twitter: @ncpoleclimb.

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.

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.


Electric Cooperative

Counties Served

Cory Lawrence Wake EMC Granville, Vance, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Nash, Franklin
Shay Reed EnergyUnited Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes
Jarrod Norris Jones-Onslow EMC Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Pender, Craven
Chris Griffin Union Power Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly
Matthew Byrum Albemarle EMC Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck
Carl Greene Halifax EMC Warren, Halifax, Martin, Nash
Kenny Simmons Pee Dee EMC Anson, Richmond, Montgomery, Scotland, Moore, Stanly, Union
Danny Lee Randolph EMC Randolph, Alamance, Chatham, Montgomery, Moore
Harris Morrison Central EMC Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Randolph
Chuck Nance Brunswick EMC Columbus, Brunswick Bladen, Robeson
Matthew Neal Tideland EMC Beaufort, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Washington
Timmy Williams South River EMC Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Johnston
Jonathan Long Carteret-Craven EC Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow
Brantley Lawrence Pitt & Greene EMC Pitt, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe
Ben Hurley Blue Ridge EMC Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander, Avery
Jason Worley French Broad EMC Madison, Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell
Freddy White Four County EMC Duplin, Sampson, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Onslow
Brian Noland Haywood EMC Haywood, Buncombe, Transylvania, Jackson, Madison, Macon
Brent Talley Piedmont EMC Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person
Leonard Person Tri-County EMC Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Johnston, Jones, Sampson, Wilson
Justin Collins Surry-Yadkin EMC Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Forsyth
Scott Murray Rutherford EMC Rutherford, McDowell, Polk, Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Mitchell
Charles Bryant Roanoke EC Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan, Perquimans
Richard Augustson Cape Hatteras EC Dare
Chad Bryant Edgecombe-Martin County EMC Nash, Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt, Beaufort, Bertie, Halifax, Wilson
Mike Jones Lumbee River EMC Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson, Scotland