Earlier this year, eight of SSP’s employees took a field trip out to a local utility, Intermountain Rural Electric Association or IREA for short. SSP has a long standing, working relationship with IREA and because of that, they were generous enough to invite us out for a morning tour of their facilities. A few of IREA’s employees were even nice enough to take part of their day to show us around themselves. Duane Holt of IREA started the tour by giving us an overview of how a utility functions. After that, he showed us the GIS office, then took us back to the stock yard where the Safety Supervisor, Brian Hinks took over. Brian spent the rest of the morning walking us through their inventory while stopping to answer questions and explain each piece of inventory. We were able to ask questions on a wide range of equipment, including everything from transformers to poles.