This week, students at Mispillion Elementary School in Milford, DE participated in a Touch A Truck event with the City of Milford Electric Department. As a part of Public Power Week, employees of Milford’s Electric Department were able to share their impact on the community as well as show off their equipment.
“It was educational and exciting for our students. They learned about the different parts of the truck and what the gentleman do in their job,” said Mispillion Principal Teresa Wallace. “They truly enjoyed the experience.”
The intent of the event was to help the elementary students understand the service the City provides to bring electricity to their homes, to meet the linemen who work in the Electric Division, to see the trucks and equipment they used, to learn about electric safety both inside their homes as well as in and around electric lines and to learn a little about why it’s important to be efficient in their energy usage.
“There are many advantages to citizens in having community power including no profits, money stays local, linemen are part of the community, it’s very reliable and outages are generally short in duration,” said Public Works Director Mark Whitfield. “What we hope children take away is that their power is provided by their City, it takes a lot of equipment and skill to bring that power, it’s important to be efficient consumers of electric and safety is every body’s job when it comes to electricity.”
Will Gallagher Electric Superintendent, enjoyed the opportunity to connect with local students and their families. “This was a great opportunity for the students to learn about safe and efficient public power,” he said. “It was also a chance for City of Milford employees to give back to the community we serve.”
The City of Milford has a total of 7,458 electric meters which includes businesses and residences. There are 10 employees in the Electric Division that operate bucket trucks, trucks, trailers and trenchers daily.
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