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Chainsaw Safety Training

The Chainsaw Safety Training Clinic is a three-day event designed to help prepare participants for tree removal projects and safety conditions.  The training is done in three full-day sessions: Demonstration Safety Training, Hands-On Safety Training, and Limbing, Bucking and Debris Removal. These clinics are held regardless of weather conditions and attendees are asked to come prepared and dressed appropriately.  


Day 1 - Chainsaw Demonstration Safety Training

The Chainsaw Demonstration Safety Training Course covers the basics of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), saw safety features and adjustments; reactive forces, basic directional felling and limbing; and topping.  This full-day course will consist of classroom learning in the morning and in the afternoon participants will travel to a site where they will observe the demonstration portion of the training.


Day 2 - Chainsaw Hands-On Safety Training

The Chainsaw Hands-On Safety Training Course will take place outdoors and will consist of lecture and hands-on activities.  The course will include work on springpoles and wedging; hands-on training in carburetor adjustments, chisel bit and round chain filing, as well as other topics.  Each Participant will cut down a tree as part of the course.  All participants must bring a hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, chaps, boots, gloves, safety vest, and a chainsaw (one for every two participants.) 


Day 3 - Chainsaw Limbing, Bucking and Debris Removal

Removing downed trees and debris can be hazardous.  This hands-on course will discuss pressures and binds, site information and assessment, recognizing hazard removals, throwline and rope discussions and utilizing springpoles.  Participants will be assessing windtrown trees and learning the different techniques of delimbing, topping and bucking.  A hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, chaps, boots and a chainsaw are also required for this training. 

Dates and Location

Clinics are held regardless of weather conditions, so please come dressed appropriately.  


Please note that registration will close two weeks in advance of the course start date in order to assign participants to groups for the hands-on portion.


The training is three days. All participants will attend day one of the training. Participants will be split into two groups for the hands-on portion for the remaining days.

Group A will attend days two and four of the training for the hands-on portion. Group B will attend days three and five. 

You will be notified after group placements have been made so you can adjust your schedule accordingly.



Registration Fees for Three-Day Clinic

Local Governments - $390

State, Industries and National Parks - $460