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OEC’s touch-a-truck event emphasizes public and electrical safety

The recent “Wired Up for Safety” event, hosted by Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) on May 18, drew a large crowd, underscoring the community’s commitment to public safety and electrical awareness. The touch-a-truck event at McFarlin United Methodist’s west parking lot featured high-voltage demonstrations and showcased various public safety vehicles and equipment.

OEC collaborated with several local first responders, including the Norman Fire Department, EMSSTAT and the Norman Police Department’s SWAT and bomb squad, to provide an engaging and educational experience. Attendees had the opportunity to witness OEC’s Live Line, explore a fire truck and ambulance, and check out drones and robots.

“The event was a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and learn about safety in a fun, interactive way,” said Daniel Lofland, OEC energy efficiency & solutions specialist. “We love to see such a great turnout and enthusiastic participation from the community.”

“Getting to do the Live Line demonstrations is always special,” said Nathan Heft, an OEC lineworker crew foreman. “It’s a unique opportunity to teach essential safety practices in a way that really resonates with kids.”

OEC’s long-standing commitment to safety is reflected in its Live Line demonstrations. This educational program is designed for all age groups, from elementary school students to professional first responders. The interactive sessions cover the basics of electricity, voltage, power line design and safety protocols for dealing with dangerous electrical situations. With a fully functional and engaging trailer, the demonstrations include electrical arcs and a hot dog demonstration to show the effects of electrical currents. Learn more and reserve the Live Line at. okcoop.org/liveline.

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, the state’s largest member-owned electric cooperative, serves over 62,000 accounts with electricity and provides broadband services to over 38,000 subscribers through OEC Fiber. Covering approximately 2,200 square miles in seven central Oklahoma counties, OEC continues to prioritize safety and service excellence.

For more information about Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and its services, visit okcoop.org and OECFiber.com.

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