Florida Trail Association

Sebring: FTA Chainsaw Training 2018

May 1-2, 2018

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Join the FTA in a two-day US Forest Service chainsaw certification course. Whether you are recertifying or this is your first time handling a saw we look forward to having you operate a chainsaw and help keep the Florida Trail clear.

This two-day training will be held at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, FL. The first day is classroom-based. If you are re-certifying, the first day in the classroom is optional. The second day will be a field day. Each participant will buck one tree for evaluation.

All course participants MUST have an up to date CPR and First Aid to attend this course. If you need to take a First Aid/CPR course, email Kelly Wiener at kellyw@floridatrail.org to get signed up for an online class. Course participants MUST own 8-inch-high leather boots to participate in this class. If this is a problem for you, please contact Kelly. Long pants are also required and long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

Campsites 38-41 at Highlands Hammock are reserved for our group. There are bathrooms, hot showers, potable water, and electricity on site.

FTA is providing all chainsaw equipment and PPE needed for this class, but no meals.

Name: Highlands Hammock State Park
Address:  5931 Hammock Rd Sebring, FL 33872
County: Highlands
Type: Front-country car camping

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Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Hookups: No – No RVs

Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 5:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Max Group Size: 15 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate activities.

This training is by nomination only.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Training.

Meals will not be provided in this training. Please come prepared with your own meals. 

Contact:
Kelly Wiener, Central/South Regional Representative
(518) 369-9057, kellyw@floridatrail.org

To register for this training, please click the link below and complete the form. 

Registrations are by nomination only. Please do not share the registration link. Only register if you have been asked to by FTA staff.

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This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

Please be prepared to bring your own food

BACKPACK:
One (1) day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items

CLOTHES:
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Quick-Drying  long pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat

SHOES:
One (1) pair of 8-inch high Leather Boots (required)*

WATER:*
Two (2) 32-ounce canteens or water bottles
OR One (1) 100-ounce hydration bladder bag
*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

SUN PROTECTION:
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

TOILETRIES:
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

CELL PHONES:
Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip

BEYOND THE BASICS:
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Notebook and Pen
A Smile and Sense of Adventure!

At this Volunteer Training, the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services:

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Gloves

TRAIL TOOLS:
Chainsaws

POWER SOURCES:
Power will be available at campsites

RESTROOM FACILITIES:
This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities