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Mississippi Power employees undergo pole top and bucket rescue training

Mississippi Power employees recently participated in the company’s annual pole top and bucket rescue training with indoor and outdoor sessions held at the Meridian Service Center, Hattiesburg Service Center, Laurel Service Center and the Workforce Training and Development Center in Gulfport.

“Pole top and bucket rescue training is essential to ensure all employees know how to respond in the event of an emergency in the field,” said Senior Technical and Training Instructor Jimmy Douglas, who led the training. “Annual refresher courses such as this ensure we are being proactive and keeping Safety First in every step of our work.”

Line crew, engineers, safety specialists and support personnel received training on pole top and bucket rescue steps, including:

  • Assessing the situation.
  • Calling 911 and notifying first responders.
  • Going into action.
  • Beginning CPR and first-aid measures.

The interactive course provided useful information and an opportunity to demonstrate skill in rescuing employees from a bucket.

Now in its 99th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for nearly 191,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power was recognized by the Edison Electric Institute with an Emergency Response Award in 2023. The company was also a recent recipient of the Community Partner Impact Award from the Center for Energy Workforce Development for its innovative and ongoing efforts to build a diverse workforce. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at and, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.