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Fayetteville Public Utilities joins the U.S. Senate in recognizing April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The Senate passed a resolution last Wednesday honoring lineworkers for their efforts at keeping power flowing.
FPU has 18 employees who work in the electric line crew restoring power during outages and maintaining distribution lines and equipment. Across the nation, more than 19,000 men and women maintain 2.5 million miles of line for electric co-ops, public power districts and public utility districts.
FPU maintains over 1,900 miles of line in its service area and serves almost 18,000 customers. FPU linemen work with voltages ranging from 7,200 volts to 46,000 volts.
“The caliber of our line employees is top notch,” says Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO and general manager. “Each and every member of our line crews should be commended for their hard work in delivering safe and reliable power to our customers.
“We have 109 employees who work in various crews and departments at FPU – and they work as a team when there’s an outage or emergency. Our employees come together in all departments every day to make sure everything at FPU runs smoothly,” Dye adds.
As a way of extending their dedication to the job, FPU is one of the first to volunteer when other systems need assistance restoring power following severe weather.
A bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) “recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety” was passed by unanimous consent. The resolution resolves that these workers …
· are steeped in personal, family and professional tradition;
· are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes;
· work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing;
· must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States;
· and put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work.
“It’s time lineworkers were recognized like this,” says Dye. “Having worked in that department myself as a lineman, I know how dangerous and stressful it can be when the system is damaged by a storm and power it out,” Dye says. “It’s a great acknowledgment for the work these employees do, and I express my personal thanks to each of them.”