SUPPLY, N.C. (June 7, 2019) – – Justin Ward, a first class line technician for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation placed third with a time of 1:45.94 minutes in North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives’ statewide Pole Top Rescue Competition on May 30 in Raleigh. The competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate the technical skills, safety knowledge and rescue procedures required to work on electric utility lines.
Ward has worked in BEMC’s Whiteville district for seven years, and this is his second time representing Brunswick Electric in the statewide Pole Top Rescue competition in North Carolina. His third place finish out of 22 competitors earned him a $400 prize at the event.
“We’re very proud of Justin’s performance in this competition,” said Josh Winslow, CEO and general manager of BEMC. “Safety is at the core of everything we do at BEMC and our line technicians train year round to ensure they are prepared to respond in any situation that may arise on the job. Justin’s third place finish is a testament to our commitment to safety.”
During the competition, each line worker must execute a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20 feet up the utility pole, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin lifesaving procedures. All North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must complete this same scenario in less than five minutes to maintain their certification to work on the 103,000 miles of co-op lines across the state.
Ward lives in Whiteville with his wife Madison and sons, Nash and Noxx. He enjoys hunting in his spare time.
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