JEA crews install dozens of power poles Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Metropolitan Park in advance of this weekend's Florida Lineman Competition | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9JEA crews install dozens of power poles Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Metropolitan Park in advance of this weekend's Florida Lineman Competition | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9

Utility lineworkers will test their skills at Metro Park

Published on February 12, 2024 at 4:06 pm

Dozens of utility lineworkers will tackle a forest of power poles planted at Metropolitan Park for the Florida Lineman Competition on Feb. 24.

The public is invited to set up lawn chairs and munch on food truck fare as lineworkers from all over the region demonstrate their skill and knowledge on a power pole.

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More than 150 lineworkers will test their skills handling downed wires, changing out electrical transformers and rescuing injured team members at the city park at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. The competition highlights the technical skills, safety techniques and efficiency that lineworkers use every day as journeymen and apprentices compete for professional recognition and practice essential skills.

JEA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association will host the competition from 7:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon.

Established in 2001 by the Florida Municipal Electric Association, the event will include a Kids Zone play area, food trucks and JEA booths. Parking is $10 at the city’s Lot J on Gator Bowl Boulevard.

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Lead image: JEA crews install dozens of power poles Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Metropolitan Park in advance of next weekend’s Florida Lineman Competition | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9


author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.