REA puts emphasis on emergency training

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HARTINGTON — Expect the unexpected.

That’s what local rural electric workers were told here Friday during a May Day Drill.

The drill gave Cedar-Knox Public Power District employees  a chance to brush up on their skills and county emergency personnel a chance to increase their knowledge on how to deal with electrical emergencies.

“One little thing could mean the difference between life and death,” said Dan Leise, general manager at Cedar-Knox.

Emergency personnel from the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Laurel Fire Department were also on hand along with the Conservation Officer Jeff Jones and Cedar County Emergency Manager Kevin Garvin.

Before the drill, Leise led a round-table discussion on the many different aspects of an electrical emergency.

Garvin went through the proper procedure for calling in an electrical emergency, noting that the first step is calling 911.

The lineman could also call the Cedar-Knox office and have someone there call 911, but then it could take a little longer for emergency personnel to arrive on location.

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