Lineworkers from across the country were in Colorado Springs over the weekend for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.
“These are events based on actual field work and what we would see while restoring power,“ said Tyler Dimenza, a lineworker for Colorado Springs Utilities.
Hundreds of workers showed how quickly and safely they can climb power poles, hang transformers, rescue injured workers, and perform rope tosses and other duties commonly required of lineworkers.
“They are public servants the same way as police and firefighters work,” said Michael Hyland, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services at the American Public Power Association. “They work for the city. They work for you.”
Colorado Springs hosted this event back in 2002, when it was a bit smaller. This year they allowed the public to come out and watch the lineworkers at work.
“We leave our families back at home to go help customers and get electricity back on,“ said Kenneth Kotara, a San Antonio lineworker in town for the competition.
“We are proud and honored to host this amazing event in our beautiful city where electrical workers from all corners of our nation will come together to compete,“ said Joe Awad, Colorado Springs Utilities’ General Manager of Energy Construction Operations and Maintenance.
In 2020, the competition will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.