Statewide Competition to Test Lifesaving Skills of Union Power Lineman

Monroe, NC, September 27, 2016 – Chris Griffin, a Journeyman at Union Power Cooperative, will join 24 other electric cooperative line workers from across the state on the morning of Tuesday, September 27, at the Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh. This competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills, as well as the technique and safety knowledge required to maintain the lines that provide power to electric cooperative members every day. Each competitor had to win a local competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh.

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.

If you’d like to see how Chris Griffin performs at this year’s competition, follow along live on Twitter @NCelectriccoop using #ncpoletop. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on September 27, and will conclude by 1 p.m.

The scenario used at the Pole Top Rescue Competition is the same scenario all 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.

Union Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative, which provides electric service to more than 72,000 member accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Rowan counties.