FFA Students in Texas Panhandle learn about electrical safety

Students from rural communities attend a three-day camp to learn how to avoid being shocked when working with farm wire and other electrical equipment (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

High School students from rural communities in the Texas Panhandle are attending the FFA Electric Workshop Camp in Borger. 81 students are learning about farm wiring, how motors work, how to build a control circuit and safety protocol to follow when dealing with live wires.

“I’m learning how to make sure the wires are in the right places,” said Alena Paden, camper from Claude. “Were also learning what types of wires they are and making sure everything is set up correctly.”

“I’m learning a lot about electronics,” said Jackson Neelley, camper from Vega. “This class is controls so I’m learning a lot of stuff that I didn’t know.”

Campers from rural communities like Claude, Vega and White Deer are spending three-days at Frank Phillips College. Many are return campers from the previous year. From the outside looking in it seems rather challenging. The campers need to get these skills down because of where they live and work.

“It’s a little easier than it seems,’ said Kelsey Brown, camper from White Deer. “It seemed really hard like when my Ag teacher told me about it. Some of the things are challenging but it’s not as bad as it seems.”

New this year advisors with the camp have assigned a community service project for select campers to complete. The campers will work on pumpjacks placed throughout the city of Borger. The city is gearing up to celebrate a 50th anniversary of being named All-American City. The campers will paint the pumpjacks.

“Only six cities in the United States are chosen each year as All American cities,” said Jessie Shuffield, community relations manager for Xcel Energy. “Borger was chosen in 1969 and we want to make a big deal about it.”

On (Wednesday) the final day of the camp, the campers will see an arcing demo and learn about the proper safety protocol when handling situations pertaining to wires and amps. Campers who complete the camp and community service project will receive extra credit to attend a leadership camp next week in Clarendon.

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