Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc.

Practical Training for Chain Saw Users


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Chain Saw Training Schedule

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What makes FISTA's Chain Saw Safety Training so effective?

FISTA comes to your job site and provides each participant with hands-on experience. Using current technology, tools and cutting techniques, FISTA customizes the training to fit your needs and stays on the cutting edge of new information and equipment.

Four Levels of Training

Different levels of Chain Saw Safety Training are offered based on your previous training and skill level. We have Basic, two levels of Intermediate and Advanced programs which gradually build off of each other. After attending a Basic workshop, we encourage individuals to practice the techniques they have learned for several weeks before attending the Intermediate or Advanced workshops. This allows an individual to be completely comfortable with the equipment and techniques before learning how to deal with more hazardous situations.

 

Chain Saw Safety Training Course Levels

Level 1 - Basic Level

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This course is intended for those students with little to no chainsaw experience.  Level 1 offers training in the following areas:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Chainsaw safety features
  • Reactive forces of the chainsaw
  • Identification and function of each part of the chain
  • Safe use of the chain saw
  • Introduction to daily maintenance demonstration
  • The bore cut
  • Hinge establishment and importance
  • Open face notch
  • Evaluation before felling
  • Spring poles and (time permitting) limbing and bucking field demonstration.

Each student must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing the proper PPE; which includes chain saw chaps/pants, hard hat with full visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant if available), and hearing protection, a chain saw in proper working order, and fuel / bar oil for the chain saw.
It is recommended that anyone felling any size tree, or using a chainsaw for any reason, regardless of hazard, attend both the Basic and Intermediate Level courses.  At least 30 hours of field experience is recommended prior to attending the Level 2 Intermediate course.

Level 2 - Intermediate Levels

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This course is intended for those students who have completed the Basic Level Chain Saw Safety course or equivalent.  More class time will be dedicated for hands-on practice and discussion “around the stump”, reading tension, compression and stored energy in the wood as well as limbing and bucking techniques.
  • Building on the Basic course, this session offers additional training in the following:
  • Refresher of PPE, Chainsaw safety features and reactive forces
  • Hands-on chain saw maintenance and sharpening
  • Proficient hinge and open face notch establishment
  • Introduction to wedges
  • Felling plan and evaluation
  • Spring pole, limbing and bucking field practice.

Each student must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing proper PPE, including chain saw chaps/pants, hard hat with visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant if available) and hearing protection, a chain saw in proper working order (make sure the chain is sharp), and fuel / bar oil for the chain saw.

NOTE: Students who have completed the Basic Level Chain Saw Safety Training or equivalent, however have not had any chain saw field experience, are not prepared to move to the intermediate level.  At least 30 additional hours of field experience is recommended prior to attending the Level 3 course.

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Level 3 - Intermediate Levels

Schedule Classes

This course is intended for those students who have completed the Basic Level Chain Saw Safety course or equivalent.  More class time will be dedicated for hands-on practice and discussion “around the stump”, reading tension, compression and stored energy in the wood as well as limbing and bucking techniques.

Building on the Basic course, this session offers additional training in the following:

  • Evaluation and inspection of student’s PPE and chainsaws
  • Hands-on chain saw maintenance and sharpening
  • Proficient hinge and open face notch establishment
  • Wedge placement
  • Felling plan and evaluation of challenging trees
  • Felling, de-energizing spring poles, limbing and bucking field practice.

Each student must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing proper PPE, including chain saw chaps/pants, hard hat with visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant if available) and hearing protection, a chain saw in proper working order (make sure the chain is sharp), and fuel / bar oil for the chain saw.

NOTE: Students who have completed the Basic Level Chain Saw Safety Training or equivalent, however have not had any chain saw field experience, are not prepared to move to the intermediate level.  At least 30 additional hours of field experience is recommended prior to attending the Level 4 Advanced course.


Level 4 - Advanced Level

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This course is designed for students who have either completed all Basic and Intermediate Level Chain Saw Safety courses or equivalent.  In addition, FISTA recommends that students have put in practice the techniques learned in the Basic and Intermediate courses for 6 months to a year prior to attending an Advanced Chainsaw Safety session.

Unlike the Basic and Intermediate courses, this session spends only a short amount of time reviewing the safe use of a chain saw, chain saw maintenance, personal protective equipment, chain saw safety features and reactive forces.  Much of the time spent in the Advanced Level Chainsaw Safety course will focus on the hands-on application of the following topics:

  • Tree height determination
  • Precision felling
  • Hands-on application of felling trees of various sizes and hazards
  • Hazard tree and hazardous situation evaluation
  • Varied release cut methods
  • Tree processing and bucking techniques
  • Pressurized limbing and bucking
  • Dealing with hung trees and other hazards
  • Instructor evaluation

 Discussion “around the stump” will comprise the majority of the allocated lecture time. Each student must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing proper PPE, including chain saw chaps/pants, hard hat w/visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant highly recommended) and hearing protection, a chain saw in proper working order and fuel / bar oil for the chain saw. 

Please Contact FISTA to Check on Availably as Enrollment is Limited.

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Following are some of the comments FISTA has received from Chainsaw Saw Safety Training workshop participants:

"I write to thank you for Friday's safety training session. I hoped I would learn a lot, but the course far exceeded my expectations. Expertise alone does not guarantee a good teacher, but you have knowledge, experience and a special ability to communicate effectively with people who know much less than you do. 
I have encountered a great many teachers in my lifetime, and often I am called upon in my job to teach (and I have a professional interest in safety), so I can say with confidence that you are superb. You have a gentle, patient approach, but I still felt the full intensity of the dangers of using chainsaws. 
Obvious that you like your job. It goes beyond teaching. You are saving lives.  
I look forward to Level II after I get my 30 hours in."
Steve L. (Landowner)

"A very confident and skilled instructor. Very valuable and safety oriented information."

"Ben and all the staff; Many thanks for the class time down here at Wyocena for our county guys and the village guys also. I have heard nothing but how good the class was and all that they learned. Thanks.....I'll be in touch when we have to go to another class session." 
Columbia County Highway Department.

"The class was fantastic! The group learned, a lot!  
Gibraltar Fire and Rescue

"To describe this class as "outstanding" is an understatement! Participants from fire, EMS, and law quite literally "devoured" this class! All skill levels from novice to expert were well served by the curriculum. Ben Parsons, in particular, did a fabulous job of working with the group. We will definitely be scheduling the next levels of training" 
Caleb from Gibraltar Fire and Rescue 

 "Ben, Thanks for a great session. I learned a great deal and am eager to learn more and to practice more. You kept it lively and informative with the right balance of humor and appropriate seriousness concerning safety. Excellent job."  
Dave D-Philadelphi
a, PA.

"Ben, I just went through your Chain Saw training for the 3rd time in Black River Falls, WI with Dairyland Power. You are a very good teacher on this subject". 
Tony D

"...The chain saw safety training was really interesting and informative. After taking the class I wonder how I still have both my arms and legs. I feel I learned more in that one day than I have learned in the last 35 years of operating chain saws." 
Paul K- Chippewa County

"...Thanks for everything! The course in the Chippewa County was far more than excellent. And I know we worked you extra hard, so thanks for sticking it out with us. Everyone I talked with that completed the course shared the same excitement." 
Nate

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