Emergency Preparedness Practical Skills: Chainsaw Operation & Maintenance

Two cohorts of rural residents were given the knowledge and skills in general maintenance and operation of chainsaws safety and efficient working techniques for cross-cutting fallen timber.

Emergency Preparedness Practical Skills: Chainsaw Operation & Maintenance

Two cohorts of rural residents were given the knowledge and skills in general maintenance and operation of chainsaws safety and efficient working techniques for cross-cutting fallen timber.

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The issue

During a natural disaster - including bushfires, floods or wild weather - rural residents often encounter trees or branches that have fallen over important infrastructure or are blocking property exit routes.

Removing this fallen timber safely requires prior training in the operation and maintenance of chainsaws, so we are prepared to act as safely and efficiently as possible.

The solution

In early and late May 2024, two groups of six people completed the training module in the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station classroom - including all safety aspects of handling chainsaws. They then moved to the workshop for the maintenance component - including servicing the motor and sharpening the chain - before moving out to the paddock,  wearing the appropriate protective equipment, to hone their practical skills under the watchful guidance of the experienced trainer.

This two-day training workshop, delivered by a NSW Department of Primary Industries TOCAL College trainer, provided attendees with the knowledge and practical skills needed in times of emergency, learning how to:

  • Operate & maintain chainsaws

  • Perform safety techniques

  • Crosscut timber

The impact

There were two cohorts for this training since the demand was high, but there was a strictly limited number of places for each course to ensure safety for all. 

All attendees completed the course with increased confidence, knowledge and skills that will be useful in everyday life, and more importantly, during future emergencies when this preparedness will vastly increase their safety and that of others.

Key facts

  • Two cohorts attended this training - which was in high demand.
  • Attendees were equipped with confidence, knowledge and skills to provide preparedness for future emergencies.

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