LADWP Stands Tall in Lineman’s Rodeo
|LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) made a strong showing at the 2016 Los Angeles Lineman’s Rodeo on Saturday, April 30 in Sun Valley as four teams placed among the top 10 in the Journeyman category, including one first-place finish.
In the Team Overall Final-Journeyman competition, the LADWP team of Carlos Galan, Sotero Ramos and Mark Garcia finished in first place. The LADWP trio of Joshua Jacob, Eddie Melchor and Gilbert Sanchez came in fifth; the team of Pat Adams, Marcelino Basulto and Brian Noble finished seventh; and Cory Barnes, Jeremiah Pierce and Dan Haerle placed eighth.
In the Team Overall Final-Apprentice competition, LADWP’s Daniel Hawk came in eighth, and Carlos Lopez finished 10th. Nine of the top 20 finishers in that category came from LADWP.
“Once again the competition was strong,” said Andrew Kendall, Executive Director of Power System Maintenance, Construction and Operations for LADWP. “Our journeymen and apprentices continue to demonstrate LADWP’s commitment to safety and excellence. We’re proud of everyone who took part, and we’re looking forward to seeing our representatives compete at the International Lineman’s Rodeo.”
Sponsored by LADWP and the I.B.E.W. Local 18, the Los Angeles Lineman’s Rodeo featured power journeyman level linemen and apprentice linemen participating in five challenging events at the LADWP Power Distribution Training Center. The Rodeo included linemen from LADWP as well as other utilities and locals from the Southern California area and beyond.
The primary purpose of the Lineman’s Rodeo is to help maintain a focus on safe work practices, to provide an opportunity for the public to better understand and recognize the skills that linemen use in the course of doing their jobs, and to provide an opportunity for these professionals to receive recognition in their trade.
Each year top finishers in the LADWP Lineman’s Rodeo, which began in 1991, move on to compete in the International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo. The 33rd Annual edition of that event is scheduled this year for October 15, 2016 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.