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S-212: Wildland Fire Chainsaws

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S-212 is a suggested National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course designed for individuals currently qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type I (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).

This course prepares you to perform low complexity project and fireline tasks under the supervision of a fully qualified trainer. It will provide the basic skills required by NWCG member agencies for using chainsaws safely. This wildland fire chainsaw program was developed to provide new sawyers with a solid foundation for safe and efficient chainsaw handling and operation while bucking, limbing, brushing, and slashing, and felling for project work or fireline construction.

Online training:

Pre-training (~1 hour) must be completed before the first day of the training.

In-person training:

Three day in-person training at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Melrose, FL.

Participants must bring:

  • 8" or higher leather boots
  • Chainsaw chaps
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Leather gloves
  • Hard hat
  • Long-sleeved shirt and long pants
  • IRPG

Additional suggested supplies:

  • Operational chainsaw
  • "Leatherman" type multi-tool
  • Water bottle
  • Bandana
  • Screntch chainsaw tool

Registration Fee:

TBD; Early registration is available to participants who has previously graduated from one or more of the NATA Core Certificate Courses.


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. Downtown Gainesville is a ~30 minute drive. Closer options include cabins and camping at Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights or the Waldo Inn & suites in Waldo (~20 minutes each). 

For more information, contact:

Training Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

Students learning about chainsaw maintenance.

Students learning about chainsaws.

Student using chainsaw.

Students learning about chainsaw operations.

Instructor and student.

Instructor with student.

Students using chainsaw.