Statewide Competition to Test Lifesaving Skills
October 25th, 2012
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., October 25, 2012 –Harris Morrison, a lineman at Central EMC will join 25 other
electric cooperative line workers from across the state on the morning of
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the 13th annual Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh.
This competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they
demonstrate essential lifesaving skills. Each competitor had to win a local
competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh.
At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must
perform in a scenario which finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility
pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale
20-feet up a utility pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin
CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes.
There will be two competition categories this year, each receiving prizes for
first, second and third place.
If you’d like to see how Harris Morrison performs at this
year’s competition, follow along live on Twitter @ncpoleclimb. The event kicks
off at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30 and will conclude by noon. For more information, click
The scenario used at the Pole Top Rescue Competition is the
same scenario all North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must perform
in less than five minutes in order to maintain their certification to work on