Fire Stories

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Supporting a Higher Safety Standard for Chainsaw Training

Course participants pile limbs cut during field exercises.

Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona

In February 2010, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac Fire Department and the Coronado National Forest sponsored a S-212 chainsaw safety training course for interagency maintenance, resource management, and fire staff from various federal and local agencies in Arizona. This training opportunity ensured interdisciplinary personnel received training consistent with the highest available safety standard as required in the wildland fire community.

Left: Course participants learn how to cut a tree safely.

Twenty-two students completed the course and nine additional personnel were re-certified during the class held February 2 through February 4, 2010. The classroom portion of the course was taught at Tubac Fire Department Station #2 (Peck Canyon) where course lessons provided introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their application. Field exercises conducted at Tumacácori National Historical Park supported entry level training for individuals with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience. Instruction included teaching the sawyer how to increase situational awareness, mitigate identified hazards, and properly use required personal protective equipment.

Contact: Kristy Lund, Interagency Fire Management Officer
Phone: (520) 733-5130