Women set to get their teeth into chain­saw­ing

Train­ing group acts on in­quiries

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SUP­PLY AND DE­MAND: NCA Con­sult­ing and Train­ing CEO Tami­son Dunn says there has been so many women in­quire about learn­ing chain­saw op­er­a­tions that the com­pany will hold a course just for them next month.

FEARLESS fe­males, as­sem­ble: the first women’s-only chain­saw course will roar to life in Al­stonville next month.

Run by the NCA Con­sult­ing and Train­ing group, the course is na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited and in­cludes two mod­ules – main­tain­ing chain­saws and trim­ming and felling trees.

CEO Tami­son Dunn said while NCA cour­ses weren’t usu­ally gen­der spe­cific they had so many in­quiries from women about the chain­saw op­er­a­tions course, they de­cided to make the next one just for fe­males.

“It’s not a fem­i­nist state­ment at all,” Ms Dunn said.

“We had so many dif­fer­ent in­quires from women about the course ... the in­ter­est was there be­cause they ei­ther lived on a ru­ral prop­erty and wanted to learn so they didn’t have to wait for their part­ner to get home, or they wanted to ad­vance their em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in some­thing like the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

“We just thought it could be a dif­fer­ent learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment if it was all women, too.”

Over two days, par­tic­i­pants will learn about work, health and safety re­quire­ments, rel­e­vant laws, in­dus­try codes and site re­quire­ments, iden­tify op­er­a­tional haz­ards and con­trol mea­sures, chain­saw de­sign, com­po­nents, ser­vic­ing and chain sharp­en­ing, as well as trou­bleshoot­ing.

They will em­bark on field ex­er­cises such as per­form­ing main­te­nance on saws, start up and shut down pro­ce­dures, con­trol­ling kick­back, cross­cut­ting re­quire­ments, cross­cut­ting tech­niques, bor­ing, rip­ping, trim­ming and limb­ing, as well as learn how to as­sess trees and plan cut­ting.

Ms Dunn said places for the prac­ti­cal and the­ory-based course were quickly fill­ing up.

“We only have a few spots left for the Fe­bru­ary course and we are look­ing at run­ning an­other ladies-only course in the near fu­ture,” she said.

“In this area they are good skills to have dur­ing storm sea­son.

“Chain­saws, big and small, are supplied and par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a State­ment of At­tain­ment upon be­ing deemed com­pe­tent.”

The cost of the course is $390 per per­son and will run from 9am-3pm on Fe­bru­ary 7-8.

Photo: Marc Stapel­berg

Photo: Marc Stapel­berg

ROARING TO LIFE: NCA Con­sult­ing and Train­ing group is of­fer­ing a chain­saw op­er­a­tions course for women. Pic­tured is CEO Tami­son Dunn, get­ting some prac­tice in be­fore the course starts next month.

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