In late August four teams of Avista electric linemen participated in the annual internal Pole Top Rescue competition. Teams competed to rescue “Joe” who had come into electrical contact on the top of a pole.
The teams weren’t just racing for the best time, but were also being judged on communication, climbing, handling the victim, checking vital signs and activities on the ground, such as CPR.
The winning team advanced onto the prelims and then hopefully to the state finals.
These sorts of exercises stress the importance of safety on the job and reiterate the necessary skills that every lineman practices in case of an emergency in the field.
Watch the video to check out the sights and sounds of the competition.