T&D World Magazine
Linemen supplement

Jan. 16, 2014, a large wildfire burns out of control in the hills above Glendora, California. Firefighters, helicopters and aircraft from many jurisdictions work to control it. Courtesy of Digital Media Pro/Shutterstock.com.

Herculean Restoration

Electric utility linemen replace lines and save lives in the face of Mother Nature’s wrath.

To state a simple fact: Electric utility linemen are heroes and lifesavers. In the face of a wide range of severe weather and natural disasters, it is electric utility line crews who jump into action early — as soon as they can. They traverse fallen trees, surging rivers and smoldering forests to turn the lights back on and restore lifesaving electricity to health care facilities as well as lifesaving heating and cooling to businesses and residences alike.

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