Tri-State is proudly celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day today in honor of the skilled and brave men and women who protect the safety of the American public and keep vital electric power flowing across the nation.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring all linemen for their work in keeping the power on and designating April 18, 2013 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
“Coloradans know well that weather conditions can change rapidly, and that unpredictability can wreak havoc on our electric grid that supplies power to our homes, businesses, and communities,” Senator Michael Bennet said. “The men and women who serve our communities as linemen protect public safety on a daily basis as first responders during storms and other catastrophic events. I am sincerely grateful for their service and willingness to brave dangerous conditions to maintain the energy infrastructure of the country.”
Tri-State employs approximately 40 journeymen linemen and six apprentices. Mac Fellin, maintenance manager for the west side, noted the value of all linemen, including those at Tri-State’s member systems. “They respond day or night in any kind of weather,” he said. “They’re all out there to keep the lights on for everybody.”
Billy DePue, line maintenance superintendent, pointed out that the work of a lineman has changed dramatically in the last 40 years. “The knowledge and skills they need today is incredible,” he said. “They operate heavy equipment, drive large trucks, work from helicopters, report damages electronically, manage vegetation, input all data for structures to the GIS department and more – they’ve become risk managers.” Continue reading ‘Celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day across America’