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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

Tension. The act or action of being stretched. Opposite force from Bind. Tension causes throwback, splitting, barber chairing.

Third Facing Cut. Special technique for making an "extra" facing cut to promote a proper undercut (face). Root protrusions, cat-faces, and rot are some of the common conditions that require a third facing cut.

Throw back. Ground debris, limbs or tops thrown back toward the faller as the tree falls to the lay.

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

Undercut (Gunning or Face Cut). The horizontal cut made in completing the conventional or Humboldt technique. Also, general term applied to the combination of the gunning cut and sloping cut.

USDA. United States Department of Agriculture.

USFS. United States Forest Service.

Wedge. A plastic or magnesium tool used by a faller to redistribute a tree's weight to a desired direction (lift) and to prevent a tree from sitting back. Also used to prevent the guide bar from being pinched while bucking.

Widow-Maker. A loose limb or top or piece of bark lodged in a tree, which may fall on anyone working beneath it.

widow maker

Windfall. A tree that has been uprooted or broken off by the wind.


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