Nolin RECC lineman Shaun Scherer, top, Andy Patterson, lower left, and Mitch Hunt, lower right, lower lineman Jeremy Jones to the ground as they perform a pole top rescue at Nolin RECC in late September. Lineman are the only people able to rescue other lineman during such a situation because they are qualified to climb utility poles, Meredith said.
Chris Miller, community affairs with Hardin County EMS, demonstrates where EMS would step in during a rescue of an injured lineman, as Nolin RECC’s Mitch Hunt, right, and Andy Patterson assist putting lineman Jeremy Jones on a backboard. Nolin RECC collaborated for the first time with Hardin County EMS and Elizabethtown Fire Department for a training to share information and increase safety. Nolin RECC is looking to make it an annual occurrence said Randy Meredith, Nolin RECC compliance coordinator for safety and training.
Nolin RECC lineman Josh Sanders, left, and Anthony Huff, repair a downed line during a training day at Nolin RECC in Elizabethtown. While lineman must qualify annually as climbers and on pole-top and bucket rescues, the training day allowed employees across Nolin RECC to update their knowledge, Meredith said. It was the first year Nolin RECC held this training. He said the industry has changed in the last decade, including how outages and emergencies are handled.
Al Akridge of Nolin RECC moves a limb into contact with a live power line and the ground line as Jerry French, right, explains to Nolin RECC employees what is happening as they conduct a high voltage safety demonstration. The training allowed lineman and other employees to learn from each other, Meredith said.
Bobby Ash, a dispatcher with Nolin RECC, holds a meter box as Jason Mattingly, a meter technician with Nolin RECC, demonstrates how they usually disconnect a meter, before showing fellow employees new disconnect meters that allows them to be disconnected for failure to pay and then reconnected once paid from the office. The new meters have started to be installed.