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Beaver County First Responders See ‘Power Of Electricity’ In Person

HOOKER, Okla. (Jan. 29, 2014) – First responders put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call. Taking undue risk when it comes to electricity shouldn’t be part of the job. That’s why Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) provided a live line demonstration and meal to emergency responders of Beaver County Thursday, January 16 at the fairgrounds in Beaver.

Michael Bushnell, left and Eric Callahan, right of TCEC demonstrate the power of electricity to the Beaver County first responders on January 16 at the Beaver County Fairgrounds. The demonstration was conducted by Michael Bushnell and Eric Callahan, substation technicians for the cooperative with assistance from service technician, Bill Greenfield. The substation crew built the demonstration which is affixed to a 24-foot trailer and boasts 7,200 volts of power when energized.

“We hope this training provides emergency personnel with a new appreciation for the power of electricity,” Chris Purdy, vice president of member solutions at TCEC said. “Our employees often are called to shut off power when there’s an emergency but we’re not always the first on the scene. Ensuring emergency personnel understand the dangers presented by electricity can save lives.”

The cooperative provided donations to the fire departments, emergency management, and the ambulance service in Beaver County. Anyone interested in having the live line demonstration for their organization or school should contact Erin Moore at 580-652-3826 for more information.

To find out more about TCEC’s community involvement visit the cooperative’s Facebook page at


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Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service. The utility serves approximately 23,000 member accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit


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