Time to designate linemen as first responders

Time to designate linemen as first responders!

How You Can Help

  1. Share this article’s link  (https://huskietools.com/recognize-linemen-first-responders/) with your friends and family via email, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. Let them know you support the effort to recognize linemen as first responders.
  2. Sign the Change.org petition to give first responder status to the Line Industry.
  3. Contact your U.S. Senator and House Representative and let them know you support officially recognizing lineworkers as first responders.
Lineman Rodeo Pic.
Courtesy American Public Power Association.

When disaster strikes there are those who answer the call of duty, regardless of the danger they may face. Firefighters, police officers and paramedics are rightfully recognized nationally as first responders for their work on the front lines in emergencies.

But how about those who are often first on the scene, doing what is required to make sure the other first responders can do their jobs?

We are talking about workers in the line industry, who often leave their homes and families to travel far distances to restore power to those in need while creating safe disaster site spaces for other emergency personnel.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lineworkers are consistently in the top 10 for the nation’s most dangerous jobs. The industry saw a total of 26 fatalities in 2017 alone.

Stories of bravery and resilience among linemen are not uncommon. One example is the harrowing tale of David Freeman, whom we recently profiled.

Huskie joins the Utilities Workers of America in asking Congress to grant lineworkers the same legal status as other first responders. Besides honoring the men and women on the line, the designation would remove current barriers for utility workers to do their job rapidly during emergencies.

Please join us in helping make sure linemen are properly designated first responders by our lawmakers.

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