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BPU Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joins the U.S. Congress in recognizing this coming Saturday as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the skilled brave men and women who work day-in and day-out to provide safe and reliable power to customers.

By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate in 2013 and the U.S. House in 2017 approved separate resolutions recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen and the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety. The resolutions designated April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) salutes its hardworking line workers who maintain nearly 3,300 miles of distribution lines; 60,000 poles; over 22,000 streetlights and 9,000 traffic signals working with live electrical lines carrying up to 7,900 volts.

“Our line workers are often the first responders during storms, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes. Our crews maintain and repair our electric distribution operations and work around the clock on high-voltage power lines atop wooden poles and towering transmission structures, in underground vaults beneath the city streets and complex electric substations in our community,” said David Mehlhaff, Chief Communications Officer.

“Whether it’s restoring power during stormy weather, responding to outages at night or on weekends, or the maintenance they do most every day, our linemen as well as linemen across this nation deserve this special day of recognition.” The BPU lineman apprenticeship program, which requires 8,000 working hours and 288 classroom hours, trains the next generation of linemen and awards them the title of Journeyman Lineman upon completion.

This elite program was developed in connection with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and BPU and can take up to four years to complete.

To participate in honoring line workers and their families across the country, use the hashtags #ThankALineman and #PublicPower in social media. But more importantly, if you see a line worker, thank them for their service.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Website is www.bpu.com.


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