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NECA-IBEW Apprentices Work with Local Police to Augment Generator

May 01, 2017

A team with National Electrical Contractors Association-International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers operations in the Evansville, IN, area recently took part in a project to improve a 10,000-watt diesel generator for the area’s local police department.

Fifth-year apprentice students and Chris Thorsen, Training Director of the NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center JATC, were contacted by the Evansville Police Department and offered to take on the project.

On April 24, the Electrical Training Center JATC and the students presented Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin with the completed effort, a report last week on said ( The generator can now provide portable electricity for several electrical operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

In early 2016, according to the report, the police department took part in a re-utilization program through the Law Enforcement Support Office of the U.S. military after receiving the generator. The diesel motor was in “top condition,” the report said, but the generator didn’t have the necessary external receptacles to make it useful. The apprentice students were able to add receptacles to make the project a success.

NECA/IBEW collaborated with PCI Skanska and Graybar to provide the needed electrical components to make this project a success, the report said.

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