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CCEC Lineman Justin Williford Competes in Rescue Competition

Justin Williford, a Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op Apprentice Line Technician IV, joined 22 other electric cooperative line workers from across the state on Thursday, May 30 at the 2019 Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh. The competition was originally scheduled to be held in September 2018, but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

Williford completed the scenario with a time of 2:52.

This biennial event pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills and the job knowledge required to maintain the lines that power the lives of electric cooperative members. To advance to this state championship competition, each competitor had to win a similar event at their local cooperative.    

During the competition, each line worker must execute a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20 feet up the utility pole, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin lifesaving procedures. All North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must complete this same scenario in less than five minutes to maintain their certification to work on co-op lines.

See coverage from the event on Twitter using @NCelectriccoop or #NCPoleTop.

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