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Team Player: Eric Callahan BY JULIANN GRAHAM, CCC, communications coordinator


CEO VIEW Continued from page one


TCEC has been called upon to send crews to assist cooperatives in Oklahoma and Texas in recovery efforts for natural disasters such as the Moore tornado in 2013. Mutual- aid assistance agreements are what makes cooperatives different. We are here to support each other with one focus in mind: our members.


AT LEFT, ERIC CALLAHAN WORKS TO CHANGE OUT A BREAKER AT THOMPSON SUBSTATION IN GUYMON. AT RIGHT, HE DEMONSTRATES AN ARC DURING A LIVE LINE DEMONSTRATION TO CITY OF GUYMON EMPLOYEES.


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ubstations play an important role in ensuring TCEC members receive reliable power to their homes and businesses. Primarily, substations change high voltage electricity to a lower voltage for delivery to members. Eric Callahan, substation technician, is part of TCEC’s three-person crew dedicated to the maintenance and repair of the cooperative’s 59 substations.


If equipment at a substation fails, thousands of members may be without power until repairs can be made. Te substation crew visually inspects all equipment in every substation monthly and uses a special infrared camera for annual inspections to identify any potential issues. Following inspections, the crew repairs or replaces equipment as needed. When an outage occurs after hours at the substation level, a substation crew employee is always on call. Just like a lineman, they may be called out anytime to ensure TCEC members have power.


“Te guys I work with to keep the lights on every day are the best part of my job,” Callahan said. “Helping with Live Line demonstrations for the community is great too because what we do may save a life.”


Callahan helped the substation crew build TCEC’s Live Line Demonstration trailer to promote public safety. Tis life-size demonstration boasts a 7,200 volt power line complete with transformers, fuses, and a giant impact. It demonstrates the devastation electricity can have on the human body. Tree-foot electrical arcs are drawn to demonstrate the immense amount of power lurking in power lines. Any organization or school can request a demonstration by calling TCEC at 580-652-2418.


Callahan began his career at TCEC 12 years ago this month as an apprentice lineman who had recently completed power line technician training at Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction, Colorado. He grew up in Springfield, Colorado, and applied at TCEC because it was close to his hometown. It’s about a two hour drive.


He met his wife Sara after moving to Guymon and they have been married nine years. Tey reside in Guymon with their three children: Dominic, age 7, Brandon, age 4, and Brooklyn, age six months. When he’s not at work, Callahan enjoys spending time with his family. He also likes to hunt and fish. „


Fifteen crews worked long hours for days to restore power. They sacrificed time with their families and many employees canceled their plans to help members on the July 4th holiday and throughout the weekend. TCEC kept its office open and asked all employees to work on the Independence Day holiday to best serve members affected by the storm.


Our cooperative’s employees are dedicated, hardworking people who genuinely care about our members. Many of their jobs are dangerous. Employees putting their lives on the line every day to ensure our members have reliable power.


Safety is always top of mind for us. Members can help keep lineworkers safe by notifying us when they install a generator and ensuring it is professionally installed with a double throw switch to prevent power backfeeding and energizing lines.


Thank you for your patience while we restored service to the thousands of members affected. Many of you were without power for a long period of time due to the storm. Electricity is no longer a convenience for most of us. It is a necessity and being without power is frustrating to say the least.


Despite the inconvenience caused by the outages, members showed overwhelming support for our cooperative and crews in the days after the storm. We appreciate the thanks we received from members via social media sites, phone calls, and letters. It means the world to us. „


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