Chain Saw training is an advanced training for Early Response Team members. A special credential will be issued by the Conference Disaster Response Committee to participants who successfully complete the training. 

The cost of training is $80 and includes a manual, integrated helmet system, lunch and the cost of equipment and fuel.  Additionally, participants should come prepared with boots (steel-toe recommended), gloves (chainsaw gloves are recommended) and a long-sleeved shirt.

Rio Texas Conference Chainsaw use Guidelines

The Rio Texas Conference does not certify chainsaw operators, but rather we share information on how to safely use a dangerous tool when circumstances call for it

We are NOT certifying anyone, but rather are sharing information on how to safely use a dangerous tool when circumstances call for it

The Rio Texas Conference prefers that ERTs NOT use chainsaws, but sometimes they are needed in order for us to gain access to a property, or to prevent further damage.  Therefore, instead of denying their use (and forcing ERTs to use them without disclosing it to the conference), we decided to be proactive and provide training and establish procedures for their use 

Chainsaw use by ERTs is only recommended when it is necessary to clear debris in order to gain access to the home of a survivor, or to remove debris in order to allow us to prevent further damage to the structure.

It is not recommended that we fell trees (even damaged ones), or cut out  unwanted tree debris if it is not necessary.

Conference Chainsaw Protocols

Chain Saw Training is done by the Rio Texas Conference.  The following protocols are established relative to chain saw operation by Early Response Teams. 

Only Conference trained chain saw operators may operate chain saws.

A current ERT Badge is required in order to be designated as a chain saw operator. 

Chain saw operators must be at least 18 years old.  (This is the minimum age for ERT members.)

Chain saw operators must complete the chain saw training including the following elements:

Classroom instruction in chain saw safety, maintenance, operation and cutting procedures.

Field demonstrations of chainsaw operation and cutting procedures by qualified instructors.

Hands on instruction for volunteers in chainsaw operation and cutting procedures.

Operators must use all personal protective equipment including helmet, ear protection, eye protection, steel toed shoes, protective chaps, and approved gloves when operating a chain saw.

Only Conference owned or approved chain saws may be used.

A Permission to Enter Property and Liability Waiver must be signed by the property owner before a chain saw crew can work on a site.

Each chain saw operator must sign a Liability Waiver before deploying on a chain saw team.

Each chain saw crew must have a designated safety officer who will monitor safety procedures on the work site.

Chain saw crews must abide by all ERT protocols adopted by the Conference Disaster Response Committee.