REC Linemen Showcase Their Skills at 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo
June 6, 2016
Linemen from REC participated in the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held June 3-4 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. This event gets its name from the gaff - or metal spike - that linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles.
The Gaff-n-Go Rodeo features linemen competing in teams or as individuals, performing a variety of skills using bucket trucks and digger derricks or atop 40-foot utility poles. Judges score the competitors on how quickly they can complete each task correctly and safely. REC’s employees competed against 150 other linemen from 14 electric utilities in six states.
During Friday’s Equipment Operator’s Rodeo, REC’s team of Jason Morris, James Setliff and Chad Foster finished third out of 14 teams. Finishing in fourth place was the team of Thomas Bailey, Jason Morris and Mike Luck. All six linemen work from the Cooperative’s Bowling Green office.
On Saturday, REC’s William Wilfong achieved perfect scores in all five individual events to earn second place out of 47 linemen. Wilfong works from the Cooperative’s Blue Ridge office located north of Front Royal.
“We’re proud of our linemen,” said REC President & CEO Kent Farmer. “These are incredibly dedicated men who often work in the worst possible weather conditions to maintain electric service for the Cooperative’s members. By training and preparing for the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo, we continue to develop valuable skills and teamwork among our employees. The event is also an opportunity to strengthen relationships with neighboring utilities so we can better assist one another during major outages.”
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
PHOTOS: REC linemen competed at the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo at Meadow Event Park in June: