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SRP linemen go up against best in the world at ‘rodeo’

Congrats to the SRP linemen who recently went up against the best in the world at the 31st annual International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kansas on Oct. 18.

The competition tests linemen’s safety training and technical skills in specific areas of line work. 

Competing with 248 teams from around the world were six apprentices and 15 journeyman linemen from SRP departments: Tempe Line Maintenance, Customer Construction Services, Transmission Line Maintenance and Transmission Line Construction. They represented IBEW Local 266 and SRP as they competed in the journeyman and apprentice lineman categories for the municipal division.

Journeyman linemen performed tasks such as pole climbing, hurt-man rescues and other hands-on line work. Apprentice linemen had similar tasks but also completed a written test and were evaluated on their first-aid, CPR and AED skills.

The SRP journeyman lineman team made up of Nate Belt, Lineman; Justin Kropp, Lineman; and Fabian Encinas, Working Line Foreman, placed fourth out of 35 teams in the municipal line division.

The other four journeyman teams, made up of Robert Lake, Tom Jeffers, Ruben Cardenas, Chris Buhr, Jason Rippey, Gunner Hubbard, A.J. Ortega, Tony Palacios, Travis Adams, Trent Bevier, Duane Maloy and Robert Sell, also competed in the event.

In the apprentice competition, Chris Stinski, Apprentice Lineman, Preventive Maintenance, placed fifth overall in the municipal category out of 43 apprentices.

The other five apprentices who competed in the events were Myron Brady, Chris Johnson, Roman Middleton, Austin Mork and Jeff Weller.

You can learn more about the International Lineman’s Rodeo at

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