On 28 and 29 March, Captain Creek Rural Fire Brigade held a nationally credited Level 1 Chainsaw Operators Course.
Ten volunteers attended the two day course and attendees, including two females, came from Bororen, Captain Creek and Mt. Maurice Rural and Auxiliary Fire Brigades.
The four instructors travelled from Agnes Water, Hidden Valley and Cawarral Brigades and trained the enthusiastic volunteers in theory at the Captain Creek Brigade shed and in practical skills at a Captain Creek property.
The aim of the course is to educate rural members on the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively use and operate a chainsaw to cut fallen timber only, and also on the maintenance of chainsaws.
Theory and practical use of a pole saw purchased by the Agnes Rural Fire Brigade to assist with the disaster cleanup of Cyclone Marcia was also incorporated over the weekend. This is not part of the Level 1 chainsaw course so it was an extra bonus for attendees.
Captain Creek Rural Fire Brigade member Katrina Schwager said,
“For a novice like me, and another attendee, it was interesting and I was very nervous about attempting the course,’ she said.
‘Being novices had an advantage as we didn’t have any unsafe bad habits to break. On the first day we did theory and then put the theory into practice on the second day.’
‘I learnt that it is not just a one person job as you also need a spotter to assist for safety reasons. With this extended knowledge I know that in case of an emergency I will be able to assist,’ she continued.
‘It is worth joining the brigade to learn new skills as they can be utilised in everyday life.’
The Captain Creek Rural Fire Brigade would like to thank all volunteers and instructors who attended and also the volunteers who catered for the meals on the day.