BCHW/USFS Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Certification Program

Important Updates!!


Forest Service/National Park Service Chainsaw MOA for signature pdf


Letter from the USFS regarding Extension of EXP date of First Aid / CPR / AED / BBP Certification. 

This pertains to Recertification's ONLY!   Click on the link below

USFS Interim Directive extends Sawyer qualification expiration dates until December 31, 2022


Additionally...   FA/CPR credentials are also good until March of 22


Online CPR training course



Your Sawyer Program Leaders

Tom Mix and Tony Karniss   



Be aware : 

There may be an increase in likelihood of fuel geysering due to a delay in the transition from winter to summer blends at the pump.  Winter blends are more volatile since they are formulated to work in colder weather. The transition to a less volatile summer blend occurs in spring for most areas;  however, fuel supplies may be transitioning later than normal due to reduced travel.




 Gasoline being used during the warming months—May, June, July—may be more susceptible to geysering than in previous years.  



Pete Duncan
National Saw Program Manager

Forest Service



                                           Student Resources     


October 2, 2022, Sawyer Certification Course Application Click here


 Sawyer Certification Class online Request Form  


Chain Saw and Crosscut Training Course Student Guidebook 


Saws that Sing: A Guide to using Crosscut Saws


An Ax to Grind    


“One Moving Part: The Forest Service Axe Manual"                   






Saw Incident Report                          


Instructor/Evaluators Contact List


List of Crosscut Filers



BCHW Sawyer Class Online Registration Process Flow Chart




                                              Sawyer Training Videos 

BC Faller Training Video

Spring Pole Video

Bucking--Bottom Bind Video

Bucking--Top Bind Video

Bucking--Blow Down Video

Bucking--Angle Cut Video

Situation Analysis Video



                                              Additional Resources



2017 Saw Program Volunteer Updates

Sawyer FAQ

Wildland Fire Chain Saws Student Workbook

State wide land manager radio communications frequencies and repeater chart






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