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The Power of Mutual Aid

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

When members need help, they know they can count on colleagues from around the state. It’s the power of Mutual Aid (MA).

IAMU Director of Member Services Dave Hraha was contacted by Brad Willemssen, Electric Superintendent from City of Sibley, last Thursday morning at 5:09 a.m. At that time, he was calling in with 45 poles down on their rural line to Bigelow. More poles went down during the event. 

Hraha then contacted Roger Morris, Spencer Municipal Utilities Electric Manager and IAMU MA Primary Coordinator in Region 1, and John Bilsten, Algona Municipal Utilities General Manger and Secondary Coordinator in Region 1, along with Rod Vitchum, Algona Electric Line Superintendent. Morris and Vitchum led the response.  

Those members that assisted included:

  • Spencer
  • Algona
  • Sioux Center
  • Sergeant Bluff
  • Hartley
  • Alta
  • Aurelia
  • Webster City
  • Atlantic (equipment)\
  • Orange City (stand-by)

Power was restored Saturday night.

“Thank you cannot be said enough,” Willemssen wrote in an email. “Everyone worked hard to get it done. Crews took different tasks on the project and worked together well. It is obvious that the Mutual Aid program is very organized by how smooth everything went.”



Tags:  Mutual Aid  Sibley Municipal Utilities 

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