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Apply on-line now for Colorado Firecamp's upcoming S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws classes:

  • Mar. 30-Apr. 2, 2017
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.
    )
  • Apr. 13-16, 2017 or
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.
    )
  • May 4-7, 2017 or
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.)
  • May 22-25, 2017 or
    (8:00 am Mon.  5:00 pm Thur.
    )
  • June 12-15, 2017
    (8:00 am Mon..  5:00 pm Thur..)
  • July 6-9, 2017
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.)
  • Aug. 7-10, 2017
    (8:00 am Mon.  5:00 pm Thur.)
  • Aug. 24-27, 2017
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.)
  • Sept. 14-17, 2017
    (8:00 am Thur.  5:00 pm Sun.)

Cost: $625 includes tuition, meals & lodging.


What to Bring to Class

Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)


MTDC Chain Saw Training

Felling Boss Training


Little Grass Valley Tree Felling Accident FLA — August, 2009

Freeman Reservoir tree felling fatality, 72-hour report & OSHA citation — June, 2009

Storm Mountain Ranch tree felling accident, OSHA citation — May, 2009

Andrew Palmer Fatality, Dutch Creek Incident, — June, 2008

OSHA citations

Volusia County Tree Felling Fatality
Scene Pictures — November, 2007

Big Creek Fire Accident — August, 2006


NWCG Hazard Tree and Tree Felling Task Group — link to hazard tree safety information


USFS Region 2 letter to Sen. Udall, re: S-212 cutting area — June, 2009

CSFS Faller Qualification Guidelines — May, 2006

USFS Region 2 Chainsaw Policy — February, 2005

S-235 Felling Boss Training, Issue Paper #12 — January, 1996


Wildland Fire Chain Saw Glossary — S-212 Pre-course work


 

Colorado State Forest Service

Incident Qualifications System (IQS) Program Guidelines and Standards

10a CSFS Faller Qualification Guidelines
May 2006

Contents

Introduction
Reference Documents
General Guidelines
Certification Guidelines
Faller Class A (FALA)
Faller Class B (FALB)
Faller Class C (FALC)
Recertification
FALLER CLASS A (FALA) QUALIFICATIONS
FALLER CLASS B (FALB) QUALIFICATIONS
FALLER CLASS C (FALC) QUALIFICATIONS

Introduction

The current Wildland and Prescribed Fire Qualification System Guide does not provide guidelines for faller qualifications. This document provides minimum sawyer qualifications for CSFS employees and all cooperators with incident qualifications cards signed by CSFS personnel. These standards are intended for wildland fire qualifications.

Reference Documents

The following documents are used as supporting reference material for sawyer qualification:

  1. Interagency Standards for Fire and Aviation Operations 2006, Chapter 14 – Firefighting Personnel.
  2. FSH 6709.11 Health and Safety Code Handbook, Chapter 20 – Work Projects and Activities; Supplement No.: 6709.11-2006-1.
  3. BLM Fire and Aviation Management Task Book for the Positions of Faller Class A (FALA), Faller Class B (FALB), and Faller Class C (FALC).

General Guidelines

CSFS will adopt the current BLM Position Task Books for fallers A, B, C.

  1. The Faller position task book may be issued prior to completion of S-212 or the field evaluation process to provide an opportunity to complete tasks during the class and field evaluation.
  2. S-212 Wildfire Power Saws is required for all certification levels.
  3. Following successful completion of the S-212 classroom portion, a field evaluation process is required.
  4. The field evaluation process must be documented on a Field Evaluation Form or similar document.
  5. To be consistent with policy outlined in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviaion Operations, faller certification/qualification has a currency of five years.
  6. Recertification is required after currency expires.

Certification Guidelines

Faller Class A (FALA)

  1. The Faller Class A position task book may be initiated prior to taking S-212.
  2. Prior to the field certification, the Faller Class A candidate must successfully complete the classroom portion of S-212 Wildfire Power Saws.
  3. After successfully completing the classroom training, the student is required to pass a field evaluation process. Sawyers seeking Faller Class A qualification must successfully fell a minimum of two trees 8 inches in diameter or less. This must be documented on a Field Evaluation Form or similar document by qualified Class B or C level faller.
  4. Individual tasks required for the completion of the Faller Class A Position Task Book must be verified and signed by a qualified Class B or C level faller.
  5. As with all position task books, final certification is the responsibility of the Home Unit.

Faller Class B (FALB)

  1. If not current qualified as a Faller Class A, an individual may, with agency approval, become a candidate for Faller Class B. The candidate is required to successfully complete both the classroom and field evaluation portion of S-212 Wildfire Power Saws.
  2. After successfully completing the classroom portion of S-212, the student is required to pass a field evaluation process. Sawyers seeking Faller Class B qualification must successfully fell a minimum of two trees up to 24 inches in diameter. This must be documented on a Field Evaluation Form or similar document by qualified B or C level faller.
  3. Individual tasks required for the completion of the Faller Class B Position Task Book must be verified and signed by a qualified B or C level faller.
  4. Performance on a wildland or prescribed fire assignment is required for Faller Class B.
  5. As with all position task books, final certification is the responsibility of the Home Unit.

Faller Class C (FALC)

  1. Must be qualified as a Faller Class B prior to becoming a candidate for Faller Class C.
  2. The Faller Class C candidate is required to pass a field evaluation process. Sawyers seeking Faller Class C qualification must successfully fell a minimum of two trees, 24 inches in diameter or greater.
  3. Individual tasks required for the completion of the Faller Class C Position Task Book must be verified and signed by a qualified C level faller.
  4. As with all position task books, final certification is the responsibility of the Home Unit.

Recertification

  1. All faller certifications must be recertified every five years.
  2. Recertification must be accomplished prior to or as soon as practicable after expiration.
  3. Recertification includes a classroom component and a field component

    3.1. Classroom training shall reinforce the concepts as taught in S-212. Classroom must review lessons learned, situational awareness and current issues.

    3.2. During recertification, operators must demonstrate they can still successfully and safely perform the proficiency requirements of their expiring/expired certification level. The candidate must demonstrate a competent level of skill and experience, in the judgment of the instructor, prior to recertification.

    3.3. Recertification requires the candidate to pass the same field evaluation process described above.

  4. All documentation including, but not limited to, course certificates and Field Evaluation Forms must be kept in the individuals IQS file.

FALLER CLASS A (FALA) QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED TRAINING Wildfire Power Saws (S-212) and the field evaluation process.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING WHICH SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)
PREREQUSITE EXPERIENCE Satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 2
+
Satisfactory position performance as a Faller Class A documented by the field evaluation process.
PHYSICAL FITNESS Arduous
OTHER POSITION ASSIGNEMENTS THAT WILL MAINTAIN CURRENCY None

FALLER CLASS B (FALB) QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED TRAINING Wildfire Power Saws (S-212)
ADDITIONAL TRAINING WHICH SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)
Advanced Firefighter Training (S-131)
PREREQUSITE EXPERIENCE Satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 2
+
Satisfactory position performance as an Faller Class B documented by the field evaluation process.
+
Satisfactory position performance as an Faller Class B documented on a wildland or prescribed fire.
PHYSICAL FITNESS Arduous
OTHER POSITION ASSIGNEMENTS
THAT WILL MAINTAIN CURRENCY
None

FALLER CLASS C (FALC) QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED TRAINING Wildfire Power Saws (S-212)
ADDITIONAL TRAINING WHICH SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)
Advanced Firefighter Training (S-131)
PREREQUSITE EXPERIENCE Satisfactory performance as a Faller Class B on a wildland fire Incident.
+
Satisfactory position performance as an Faller Class C documented by the field
evaluation process.
PHYSICAL FITNESS Arduous
OTHER POSITION ASSIGNEMENTS THAT WILL MAINTAIN CURRENCY None

 


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