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.
This chainsaw class is for people with little to no chainsaw experience. We will be covering the following areas in chainsaw safety and operation.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Reactive forces of the chainsaw
Safe use of the chainsaw
Introduction to daily maintenance - how to properly maintain your saw and address problems you may accrue with the saw
The Bore Cut
Hinge establishment and importance in tree felling
Open Face Notch
Evaluation before felling and hazards
45 degree exit plan
Spring pole evaluation and how to handle them
Limbing and bucking techniques
Each person 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.
This course is intended for participants who have completed the basic chainsaw training. This course involves more hands- on training, reading pressure, more practice on limbing and bucking techniques as well as additional felling practice.
Refresher on body mechanics and proper body positioning
Refresher on PPE
Chainsaw safety feature overview
Hands-on chainsaw sharpening in the field
Proficient use of wedges
Proper tree felling evaluations
Spring pole demonstration and proper spring pole cutting techniques
Proficient use of the bore cut
More field time demonstrations
Each person must come to class prepared to cut wood. This means wearing proper PPE, which includes 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 chainsaw is sharp), and fuel/bar oil for the saw.
NOTE: Students should have completed basic chainsaw training prior to this class
This course is designed for participants who have completed the basic and intermediate chainsaw courses. Unlike the basic and intermediate courses, this training spends more time in the field applying all the applications we covered in the basic and intermediate courses. Proper evaluation of each person and their sawing techniques.
Hands-on application of felling trees of various size
Dangerous tree and hazardous situation evaluations
Various pressure cut methods
Tree processing and bucking techniques
Dealing with hung trees
Storm damage trees and proper way to deal with them
Bore cutting evaluation
Each person 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 highly recommended) and hearing protection, a chainsaw saw in proper working order and fuel/bar oil for the chainsaw
NOTE: Students should have completed basic and intermediate chainsaw training prior to this class