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July 16, 2013

Georgetown lineworker wins skills rodeo

GEORGETOWN — Jesse Cote, a 2nd class lineworker for Georgetown Municipal Light Department, was the overall top performer at the recent Northeast Public Power Association Lineworker Apprentice School’s 15th annual Skills Assessment Rodeo.

Cote competed against approximately 50 other students in 10 separate events at NEPPA’s Training Center in Littleton.

Competitors in the two-day skills assessment rodeo utilize the skills they develop while at the training facility. The events include Pole Top Rescue, Bucket Rescue, Free Climb, Fall Arrested Climb, Obstacle Course, Single Cross Arm Changeout, Double Cross Arm Changeout, Insulator Changeout, Transformer Changeout and Cutout Fuse Replacement from the ground using an extendable hotstick.

Each event is scored based upon a point system that rewards quality and safe work. Each event is timed.

“We congratulate Jess for a job well done!” Georgetown Municipal Light Department General Manager David Schofield said in a press release. “The annual Apprentice Skills Assessment Rodeo showcases what the lineworkers learn while at the training facility, while also focusing on safety and quality of work.”

This is the second year Cote has attended the Lineworker Apprentice School sponsored by NEPPA, according to Schofield.

“He is a great addition to our department and we know that he will continue to utilize these extensive skills and training while on the job.”

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