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Electric Linemen Compete, Share Skills

The South Carolina Association of Municipal Power Systems staged its annual lineman training sessions in April at Pine Island on Lake Murray. Fourteen of the 20 SCAMPS municipal electric utilities attended the training, and 10 utilities competed in events, such as the crossarm changeout, knot tying, hurt-man rescue, speed climbing and others. The events are timed and judged on how well participants follow proper procedures.
 
SCAMPS lineman training
SCAMPS lineman training
Ten utilities competed in the SC Association of Municipal Power Systems training on Lake Murray.

The annual competition promotes safe work habits and procedures. It also gives linemen the opportunity to work together outside of conditions they would encounter when they respond to a mutual aid call to help restore power after an emergency. SCAMPS member utilities provide mutual aid for in-state emergencies, and they also work with other utilities around the southeast after disasters.

Easley Combined Utilities took home the first-place award in five competitions — underground elbow termination, replacing fuses, knot tying, hurt-man rescue and crossarm changeout. The Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities won first place in the pole climbing competition.
 
SCAMPS lineman training
SCAMPS lineman training
Ten utilities competed in the SC Association of Municipal Power Systems training on Lake Murray.