June 9, 2014 - With thousands of family, friends and supporters in attendance, Journeyman Power Line Technicians and Apprentices showcased their skills with line work and demonstrations at the 2014 BC Hydro Safety Rodeo that took place in Surrey, BC on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
With 12 3-man teams of Linemen, including two teams of Master Competitors, and 18 Apprentices, as well as a full complement of judges, the day started early with an official Piper-led march to the podium, followed by a moment of silence for fallen and injured workers. Executives from BC Hydro, including newly appointed CEO Jessica McDonald and Executive Vice President Greg Reimer, along with Local 258 IBEW Business Manager Doug McKay and COPE 378 Vice President Gwenne Farrell, welcomed the competitors to the event. At 8:00 am, Brother McKay, as is tradition, got the competition underway with the official "Ringing of the Bell".
Master of Ceremonies was Dale Haines, retired BC Hydro Lineman and Local 258 IBEW Recording Secretary, who has attended every Safety Rodeo since 1989.
With safety and safe work practices being highlighted as first and foremost, Teams and Apprentices engaged in a number of judged events including Egg Climb, Pole Top Rescue and two Mystery Events each.
Spectators were entertained by the high line "Bare Hand Demos" as well as a number of other demonstration events on the Rodeo grounds. A complimentary lunch was served and the day wrapped up around 3:00 pm.
Competitors and guests enjoyed an Awards & Appreciation Banquet sponsored by Local 258 IBEW in the evening at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey.
Local 258 IBEW members can read the full list of Trophy Awards and view the Photo Gallery by logging in to the Members section of the website.
Congratulations to all participants and organizers of this fun and highly recognized event.