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

  • March 7-10, 2024
  • April 11-14, 2024
  • May 2-5, 2024
  • May 30-June 2, 2024
  • June 20-23, 2024
  • July 11-14, 2024
  • August 1-4, 2024
  • August 22-25, 2024

Cost: $750 includes tuition, books, 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


Wildland Fire Chain Saw Glossary
Pre-course Work
NFES 2644

C Faller Certifier.  The highest level of certification for chain saw operators in the agency wildland and prescribed fire qualifications system. The C Faller Certifier conducts chain saw classroom and field training, evaluates and documents the performance of A, B, and C level chain saw operators and recommends to their employing agency their appropriate level of certification. Determination of qualification for this designation is left to employing agency discretion.

ANSI. American National Standards Institute.

Axe. A part of the faller's safety equipment which serves many pounding and chopping functions. Can also be used to plumb the lean of a tree.

Backcut. The last of the three cuts required to fall a tree. Located on the opposite side of the tree from the undercut (face) and minimally two inches (5 cm) above the horizontal cut of the undercut (face). The two inches (5 cm) is referred to as stump shot and prevents the tree from kicking back over the stump toward the faller. The backcut must never be continued to a point at which no holding wood remains. Variations of backcutting are discussed in side-boring backcut and side-notching backcut.


Banking. A method of disposing of cut material against the opposite (cold) side of the fireline.

Barber-chair.  Vertical split of a tree during the felling procedure.  Commonly a result of improper facing and/or backcutting. Characterized by a portion of the fallen tree being left on the stump.


Base of Tree. That portion of a natural tree not more than three feet off the ground.

base of tree

Bed. Prepared area upon which a tree is felled.

BIA. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bind. Series of pressures in the material to be cut. The two major components of bind are compression and tension. It is their directional pressures that determine the technique and procedure used while operating a chain saw.

BLM. Bureau of Land Management.

Blowdown. An area of previously standing timber blown over by strong winds or storms.

Bole. A tree stem once it has grown to substantial thickness capable of yielding saw timber or large poles.


Boring. Method of using the bottom half of the guide bar tip to saw into the tree while felling or bucking.


Bottom Bind. One of the five basic tree positions commonly encountered while bucking. A tree in a bottom bind situation is tensioned on top and compressed on the bottom.

Bow Bar. An elliptical saw chain guide bar used for brush cutting. Its use is not suitable for falling or bucking wood over eight inches in diameter. No longer approved by manufacturers for use on current saws.

bow bar

Brushing. Removing the brush and shrubs either during fireline construction or while clearing out a work area.

Buck. To saw trees and limbs into shorter lengths.


Butt. The bottom end of a felled tree.


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