S-212, Wildland Fire Chainsaws

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Course Description

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.

Course Objective:

  • 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.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment1
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training24-36
Total Hours25-37

Course 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 or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Basic Faller (FAL3)

Course Recommended For:

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

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

Information not available at this time.

Functional Area: 
Operations
Primary Committee: 
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-09

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