Gas crews sent the dirt flying in a spirited competition to see which PG&E employees will represent IBEW 1245 at the National Gas Rodeo in Colorado Springs this August.
The First Annual IBEW-PG&E rodeo, held May 30 in Livermore, featured 10 two-person teams and 6 four-person teams competing in four events: digging, meter building, pipe cutting, and service run. General Construction crews from around the PG&E system responded to the opportunity to show how proficient—and how fast—they are.
Placing first in the four-person competition was the team performing under the name Los Jefes: Miguel Loza, Adam Kotko, Sam Barraza, and Eman. Placing first in the two-person competition was the Potrero-1 team of Junior Umaleav, Marcus Pineda and Tahmal Fleming (alternate).
Shaun Mahanay, part of the North Valley Team #2, called the events a little more fast-paced than what you’d ordinarily find on the job. “Out in the field it’s not a competition,” he noted.
At the rodeo, some of the typical job-site hazards are not a factor—like cars and trucks.
“Traffic is a big issue for us. We’re always in the roadways,” said Jayson Visinoni, the other part of the North Valley Team #2 team. The absence of traffic on the rodeo grounds allowed the competitors to focus a little more closely on the tasks at hand.
The rodeo featured entertainment for the whole family. Besides all the competitive action for the teams, there was face-painting and rock-climbing for the kids and a barbecue lunch for all.
Several members of the Power Pathways training program were on hand to observe the competition.
Business Rep. Lou Mennel, who helped organize the event and served as a judge, said the local rodeo will help prepare IBEW 1245 members for the national competition in Colorado Springs.
Congratulations to all the gas workers for your competitive spirit at the rodeo!