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FSC 183 NWCG S212 Wildland Power Saws
Credit Hours:  1.5
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 1.5 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: Both A/F and S/U
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Description: Skill course designed to instruct prospective chain saw operators in the requirements of the wildfire powersaw operator position, per National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG standardized course).

Prerequisites: FSC 180 or Director Approval

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis level) Troubleshoot problems with an inoperable saw and perform the necessary maintenance and/or routine repair to make the saw operable.
2. (Application level) Size up designated area, clear ground work area and limb trees to head height.
3. (Application level) Size up and cut and remove a strip of brush to near ground level.
4. (Application level) Size up, cut and remove all slash.
5. (Application level) Size up, clear the work area, limb and buck a downed tree.
6. (Application level) Size up, prepare the area and fell a tree.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Given an inoperable chain saw which has one or more problems in both the power plant and the cutting unit, with the appropriate accessories included in the tool repair kit, the learner will troubleshoot the problems and perform necessary maintenance and/or routine repair to make the saw operable within 30 minutes.
2. Given a standing tree with limbs near the ground in a closed stand of timber using a chain saw with a straight bar and/or bow bar and with the appropriate accessories, the learner will properly size up, clear work area and limb the tree to the height of their head.
3. Given a brush field and a chain saw with a straight bar and/or bow bar and with the appropriate accessories, the learner will properly size up, cut, and remove a strop of brush to near ground level, 6 feet (1.8m) wide and 20 feet (6.1m) long.
4. Given a slash area with a maximum diameter of 24-inch and a chain saw with a straight bar and/or bow bar and with the appropriate accessories, the learner will properly size up, cut and remove all slash along a strip 6 feet (1.8m) wide and 20 feet (6.1m) long.
5. Given a downed tree (16 inches to 24 inches DBH) on a 30% to 50% slope, using a straight bar chainsaw with the appropriate accessories, the learner will properly size up, clear the work area, and limb and buck the tree into 2 foot lengths.
6. Given a sound tree and/or snag (16 inch to 24 inch DBH) in a closed stand of timber, on a 30% to 50% slope, using a straight bar chainsaw with the appropriate accessories, the learner will properly sizeup, prepare the area, and fell the tree within 20 degrees of their mark.