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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

Calks. Heavy boots containing numerous steel calks or spikes. A part of the professional fallers' safety equipment used to promote secure footing.


Cant. A log with one or more squared sides.


Cant Hook. A lumberman's lever that has a pivoting hooked arm and a blunt or toothed metal cap at one end.

Cat-Face. Scar or deformed section at the base of a tree caused by rot or fire.


CFR. Code of Federal Regulations.

Chain Brake. Safety device which stops the saw chain.

chain brake

Chaining. Removing cut fuels into windrows away from the fireline perpendicular to the slope.

Chain Saw. Saw powered by an engine or motor in which the cutting elements are on a circular chain.

Chaps. Personal protective equipment which cover the legs from the waist to 2" below the boot tops. All wildland fire chain saw operators and swampers must wear approved chain saw chaps.


Clear Cut. An area in which all of the trees have been or will be felled, bucked and skidded to a location. When all the trees in a given area are felled.

Compression. The act, process of, or result of compressing. Bind is a result of compression.

Competent Person. A person capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or in the working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees. Having so identified the situation, this person is authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Conventional Undercut (notch/Face). One of the types of undercut (face) commonly used to fall a tree. The undercut (face) is at least 45 made up of one horizontal cut and one sloping cut that meet each other without overlapping.

conventional undercut

Corner-Nipping. Special technique of partially cutting the extreme outside holding wood corners to prevent root pull, slabbing, and alteration of the desired felling direction. See side-notching backcut.

Cutter (feller, bucker, sawyer). One who fells, bucks or limbs trees. Also, the cutting link of the saw chain.

Cutting. The process of felling, bucking and limbing trees.

Cutting Area. An area in which trees have been, are being, or are about to be cut.

Corners. The extreme outside position of the holding wood or hinge inside the bark on either side of the tree.

Crossing the Lead. Intentional or unintentional falling of a tree across the established falling direction. Although crossing the lead may be caused by wind, it is usually a result of improper falling technique.

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