Campbell says that “you do your best work in adverse conditions, and everyone rises to the occasion under those types of conditions” when describing how the DREMC team comes together during outages.
“We have an outstanding team,” he adds. “There’s no job too small or too big, and whatever job this team tackles, they do it with a positive attitude. This is a great community, and during the outages caused by last year’s ice storm, everyone here was kind and no one treated our team disrespectful while they waited for power to be restored.”
Rob Mason, lineman, has been with DREMC for 12 years. Prior to coming to DREMC, he worked in the automotive industry and with a heating and cooling contractor before going back to school to learn electric work. “I wanted this line of work after trying other types of employment,” Mason said. “While at the tech school, I watched a video about linework, and I thought it looked interesting, so I applied for a position at Duck River and have been here since.”
“Working in Sewanee is different,” adds Mason. “This area is very friendly, which makes our jobs easier especially during storms and outages.”
“In this type of work, we must always be focused on the job,” says Jake Fraker, a lineman who joined DREMC in 2019. Fraker grew up in Cowan, a small, Franklin County community at the foot of Sewanee Mountain, and attended school at Sewanee Elementary.
“Daily work for us includes routine maintenance and new construction,” he said, “but it’s during storm recovery when we probably do our best work because we’re so focused.”
David Britt is the working foreman and supervises the lineman team. Britt’s experience in the electric industry includes working for an electric cooperative in New Mexico and then for an electric contractor when he moved back to Estill Springs to be closer to his family. He joined DREMC in 2017.
“I enjoy helping the community here,” Britt said, “and that’s probably the most rewarding part of this job.”
When asked if there are challenges related to working as a lineman in Sewanee, Britt answered with certainty, “Yes, the terrain. Our right-of-way is in great shape, but still the number of trees and densely wooded areas can sometimes make it hard to get equipment into tight spots. But we get the work done.”