Friday, October 28, 2005

Sierra Pacific Lends Support Crews

RENO, Nev. - Nevada's electric utilities sent workers to the rescue when California residents were without power due to that state's forest fires last year, and when Florida reeled from one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, SPPC employees helped restore power there, too.

Sierra Pacific line crews were in Florida to help restore power to residents who've been battered by hurricanes. Four line trucks and other company vehicles and equipment were loaded on flatbed trailers for a cross-country trip to Florida.

Progress Energy, one of the electric utilities for central and north Florida, requested assistance from Sierra Pacific and other utilities throughout the U.S. Sierra Pacific crews were in Florida for 10 to 14 days, replacing hundreds of poles downed by the hurricanes.

All the costs associated with sending the employees and equipment to Florida will be reimbursed by Progress Energy through a mutual aid agreement. The act demonstrates how companies can work together during times of crisis.

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