Chainsaw Training

FISTA comes to your job site and provides every 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. FISTA offers 4 different levels of Chainsaw Safety Training based on your previous experience and skill level - basic, two levels of intermediate and advanced. After attending a basic workshop, we encourage attendees 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.

Level 1 - Basic Level

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 chainsaw chaps/pants, hard hat with full visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant if available), and hearing protection, a chainsaw in proper working order, and fuel / bar oil for the chainsaw.

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 Level

This course is intended for those students who have completed the Basic Level Chainsaw 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 chainsaw maintenance and sharpening
  • Proficient hinge and open face notch establishment
  • Introduction to wedges
  • 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 chainsaw chaps/pants, hard hat with visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant if available) and hearing protection, a chainsaw in proper working order (make sure the chain is sharp), and fuel / bar oil for the chainsaw.

NOTE: Students who have completed the Basic Level Chainsaw Safety Training or equivalent, and have not had any chainsaw 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.

Level 3 - Intermediate Level

This course is intended for those students who have completed the Basic Level Chainsaw 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 and Intermediate courses, this session offers additional training in the following:

  • Evaluation and inspection of student's PPE and chainsaws
  • Hands-on chainsaw 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.
  • Being prepared for an OSHA inspection

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

NOTE: Students who have completed the Basic Level Chainsaw Safety Training or equivalent, however have not had any chainsaw 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

This course is designed for students who have either completed all Basic and Intermediate Level Chainsaw 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 chainsaw, chainsaw maintenance, personal protective equipment, chainsaw 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
  • Storm damage, hazards and cutting techniques
  • Instructor evaluation

Discussion "around the stump" will comprise majority of the allocated lecture time.

Each student must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing proper PPE, including chainsaw chaps/pants, hard hat w/visor and/or safety glasses, gloves, protective toe boots (cut resistant highly recommended) and hearing protection, a chainsaw in proper working order and fuel / bar oil for the chainsaw.



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