S-212, Wildland Fire Chainsaws, 2012

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This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.


  • Define and apply chain saw safety standards as required by OSHA and agency handbooks, manuals, directives, and owner’s manuals.
  • Identify and demonstrate basic chain saw operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and safety features.
  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chain saws in fireline construction and mop up operations.

Target Group

Individuals desiring to be qualified as Basic Faller (FAL3), Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB).


S-212 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training24-36
Total Hours25-37

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-212 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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