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2 | inside your co-op


The Power Behind Your Power ■ MANAGER’S REPORT


outages. While Choctaw Electric Cooperative aims to provide reliable electricity to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes, but there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst—your co-op lineworkers.


A One of the most dangerous jobs


Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, Choctaw Electric linemen often must climb 40 or more feet in the air, carrying roughly 40 pounds of equipment, to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., electric utility lineworkers must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power lines. To help keep them safe, Choctaw Electric linemen wear specialized protective clothing and equipment at all times when on the job. This includes special fire-resistant clothing that will self-extinguish, limiting potential injuries from burns and sparks. Insulated and rubber gloves are worn to protect them from electrical shock. While the gear performs a critical function, it also adds additional weight and bulk, making the job more complex.


In addition to the highly visible tasks lineworkers perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire. They are also information experts that can pinpoint an outage from miles away and restore power remotely. Choctaw Electric line crews use laptops and cell phones to map outages, take pictures of the work they have done and troubleshoot problems. In our area, our linemen are responsible for keeping 3,600 miles of lines across Choctaw, McCurtain, Pushmataha and parts of Atoka,Bryan and Leflore counties working. They do this to bring power to your home 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal considerations.


While some of the tools our lineworkers use have changed over the years, the dedication to the job has not. Working the lines is not a glamorous profession. At its essence, it is extremely dangerous, requiring them to work near high voltages in the worst of conditions, at any time of the day or night. In the rain, wind, snow, ice and lightening, crews often work around the clock to restore power. While April is known for spring showers, there’s also a day set aside to “thank a lineman.”


Linemen Appreciation Day is April 9. During the month of April, if you see a CEC lineman please say thank you to the power behind your power. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they do to keep the lights on.


BY KOONEY DUNCAN cHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


s April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also marks the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can include power


Choctaw Electric Cooperative


Serving members in Choctaw, Pushmataha, Atoka, and McCurtain counties


HUGO OFFICE PO Box 758 Hwy 93 North


Hugo, Oklahoma 74743


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 326-6486 FAX (580) 326-2492


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


IDABEL OFFICE 2114 SE Washington Idabel, Oklahoma 74745


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 286-7155


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


ANTLERS OFFICE HC 67 Box 62


Antlers, Oklahoma 74523 (One mile east of Antlers)


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 298-3201


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm On the Web:


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Brent Franks, President Joe M. Silk, Vice President


Mike Brewer, Secretary Treasurer Stacy Nichols


George Burns Ken Autry


Lucky Acct#38843859


If this account number belongs to you, contact CEC by the10th of the month to claim your $75 bill credit. Unclaimed bill credits will roll over each month by $25 for a maximum credit of $100. To claim your credit by phone, please call 800- 780-6486, ext. 207.


OFFICIAL MINUTES OF YOUR CEC BOARD MEETING


Scan this code with your smartphone or tablet to read the monthly minutes of your co-op board meeting. Minutes are also available at any CEC location and online at www.choctawelectric.coop.


To scan the code, install a Bar Code Scanner app, available at the App Store.


Bill Woolsey


Norman Ranger Becky Franks


MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Kooney Duncan, Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Boling, Executive Assistant


Jia Johnson, Director of Public Relations Tiffany Hempsted, Chief Financial Officer


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