2012 Municipal Electrical Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) Lineman Rodeo

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On December 10, 2012 (EST)

Submitted by Director of Apprenticeship in Oklahoma Cynthia McClain & Edmond Electric's Michelle Trimberger

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) and the City of Edmond’s electric utility, Edmond Electric, teamed up to bring the 2012 Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo to Edmond, Oklahoma on October 19, 2012.  The Rodeo is an opportunity for Lineworkers to compete to show their skills and knowledge through a series of events.

For the 3rd year in a row, MESO held the Rodeo in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Edmond Electric Lineworker Training Field, which proved to be an excellent venue for the event.  MESO and Edmond Electric partnered to make the Rodeo a big success.  So successful in fact, that the American Public Power Association announced that Edmond Electric will host the National Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo in 2014.  

MESO is an association of municipally-owned electric utilities that provide electric services to over 400,000 residents. Currently, 63 cities offer retail electric utility services in Oklahoma.  MESO provides a variety of services to its member-city workers, including electric line apprenticeship, job training and safety, supervisory training, on-site customer service and administration training, drug testing to meet federal mandates, and consultation on policy issues such as terms and conditions of electric service or rate policy.

MESO also provides administration services to the Municipal Gas Systems of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Gas Association thereby sharing the roles of energy efficiency with natural gas operations statewide.  Currently, there are 12 MESO partnered municipalities which sponsor Registered Apprenticeship programs in the occupation of Line Maintainer. 

Traditionally, the lineworkers’ rodeo begins with a flag raising ceremony.  The event is broken into several categories, including Journeyman events, Apprentice events, a Mutual Aid event, and Team event.  Both Journeyman and Apprentice events include a “hurt-man rescue event”, which simulates rescuing a 175 pound mannequin from a utility pole and starting CPR within four minutes.  The Mutual Aid event has become very popular with the competitors.  Names are drawn from each city, two journeyman and one apprentice, to form a team and compete in the event.  Because many cities within the State of Oklahoma have “mutual aid agreements” to offer assistance during catastrophic events, it provides lineworkers’ the opportunity to work with fellow lineman they may be called upon to serve with, or to help some day.  

At the conclusion of the rodeo, MESO provided unique trophies hand made by Edmond Supervisor Shannon Dodd, and a luncheon for attendees. 

If you would like more information on the MESO Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo, feel free to contact Michelle Trimberger at Michelle.trimberger@edmondok.com.

For more media coverage of the MESO Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo, visit the Stillwater News Press

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