Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc.

Schedule for Practical Training

for Chain Saw Users

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Level 1 - Basic Level | Level 2 - Intermediate | Level 3 - Intermediate | Level 4 - Advanced

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

Chain Saw Safety - Basic Level

This course is intended for those students with little to no experience using a chain saw or felling trees. It offers training in the safe use of a chain saw, chain saw maintenance, personal protective equipment, chain saw safety features, reactive forces and the bore cut, the hinge, the open face notch, the function of each part of the chain, evaluation before felling begins, spring poles and (time permitting) limbing and bucking field practice. 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. Please Contact FISTA to Check on Availably as Enrollment is Limited.

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Chain Saw Safety - Level 2- Intermediate

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 woods 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. Please Contact FISTA to Check on Availably as Enrollment is limited. 

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Chain Saw Safety - Level 3- Intermediate

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.

No upcoming classes scheduled at this time.

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Chain Saw Safety - Level 4- Advanced

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. 

No upcoming classes scheduled at this time.

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