The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) and Sioux Falls Tower & Communications today jointly hosted FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on an industry training and climbing experience site visit. The event was held at the Sioux Falls Tower & Communications new corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art training center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
During the event, management and workers from NATE member company Sioux Falls Tower & Communications visited with Commissioner Carr about the work the company conducts on a daily basis safely building, maintaining and deploying communications tower sites and related wireless infrastructure.
NWSA accredited Practical Examiners, who are licensed to administer the organization’s field-based assessments leading to worker certification, were also on hand to update Commissioner Carr on the industry’s training requirements and the process involved for workers to obtain NWSA certification credentials.
The highlight of the day was providing Commissioner Carr with the unique opportunity to be fitted with the appropriate fall protection equipment and experience climbing several of the training towers at the Sioux Falls Tower & Communication facility under the watchful guidance of the company’s trainers.
Carr’s visit was part of a Great Plains Broadband Tour through the states of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. On Wednesday afternoon, Commissioner Carr also conducted a facility and warehouse site visit to NATE member company Sabre Industries, Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa.
“It was great to host Commissioner Carr today to provide him with a tour of our company’s new training center and visit with the Commissioner about the safety and quality benefits associated with the NWSA’s national worker certification programs,” stated Sioux Falls Tower & Communications President and CEO Craig Snyder.
“NATE appreciates Commissioner Carr and his colleagues who serve on the Commission for their commitment and willingness to get out in the field and receive these hands-on, tangible experiences,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “Commissioner Carr’s climbing opportunity today serves to reinforce the prominent role that highly-skilled tower technicians play every day to safely deploy infrastructure and enable connectivity in the United States and beyond,” added Schlekeway.