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Electric Linemen Compete, Share Skills

​The South Carolina Association of Municipal Power Systems held its annual lineman training sessions in April. Fourteen of the 21 SCAMPS members attended the training, and 11 utilities competed in events, such as the crossarm changeout, knot tying, hurtman rescue, speed climbing and others. The events are timed and judged on how well participants follow proper procedures.

Tweet from the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Twitter account recognizing National Linemen Appreciation Day
A tweet from the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Twitter
account recognized National Linemen Appreciation Day on April 18.

"Through this competition, we are promoting safe work habits and proper procedures," said Eric Budds, deputy executive director for the Municipal Association.

"This also supports one of the core missions of SCAMPS to provide mutual aid during times of disaster. The linemen have a chance to get to know one another before they have to work together under post-emergency conditions."

SCAMPS member utilities not only provide mutual aid for in-state emergencies, but they also work with utilities around the southeast when disaster strikes.

Easley Combined Utilities took nine first place awards while Greenwood Commission of Public Works received two and Laurens Commission of Public Works received one.

April 18 was National Lineman Appreciation Day. SCAMPS is an affiliate organization of the Municipal Association.