The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre-start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order. Equipment Optional equipment includes: Chainsaw gloves are entirely optional, they are not required by law but some prefer to wear them. Chainsaw Helmet with ear protection and face shield. We should have enough helmets for participants but we ask that if you have your own please bring them. Bringing your own Chainsaws is not required, we have enough to go around however training on the machine that you’ll be using during your work is recommended, so please bring a saw if available. Sharpening and maintenance gear. We will provide a variety of tools for use but bringing your own is always a good idea Required Equipment: Leg protection that is resistant to chain saw cuts. These pants or chaps include woven kevlar that will stop the chainsaw in the event of an accident. CSA Grade 1 Boots or equivalent; chainsaw boots are recommended. If you have any questions concerning the course, equipment, specifics about registration or anything else, please contact Alena MacLean via email (email@example.com) or by phone (902)651-2575.