Use of DOC chainsaws requires certification and the signing of a waiver.
Start by contacting OPO (in this case, Rory Gawler) regarding training.
You'll start by participating in the DOC/OPO chainsaw training, described below. This will allow you to participate in Woodsmen's team events and simple prep using chainsaws and also to cut firewood under supervision of a master sawyer.
Once you've had some practice doing those things, you may elect to partake in the USFS chainsaw course, offered once or twice a year to learn about advanced techniques such as felling.
- a 3.5 hour course to certify chainsawyers for the college, only for purposes of simple bucking (firewood and non-complex blowdowns) and woodsmen's team competition use. - This is equivalent to the USFS MTDC Chainsaw course, modified for specific use. - Because of the administrative burden to the WMNF saw coordinator, actual USFS certification is not sought unless necessary.
We go over:
- Maintenance (Sharpening, chain tension, cleaning, fueling, fuel mixing, lubrication, guide bar filing)
- PPE - (Chaps, eyes, ears, clothing, etc)
- Safety features of Saw (chain catcher, throttle interlock, brake, kill switch, etc)
- Starting technique (crotch or ground, no drop starts)
- Starting and warming up
- Kickback avoidance
- basic bucking
- proper stance, grip, etc.
The course will cover some of the environmental hazards of sawing such as:
- Logs under tension, springpoles, slopes, etc.
- Deadfall and widowmakers
- Exhaustion, sunstroke, etc.