Well, well, I can now say that I hold a chainsaw licence! And let me just say that it wasn’t easy. Like I’ve said in my previous blog, since being a trainee the skill set I have has broadened massively; not once in my life have I ever picked up a chainsaw until now. So understandably I was rather apprehensive and, of course, excited to get going.
I think the thing I was most worried about was how physically demanding I had been told the course is. Despite being a true believer in female empowerment and breaking gender stereotypes I was doubting my ability. I have carried the chainsaws for reserve officers and our supervisor Iain and, blimey, they’re heavy! So, picturing myself carrying a saw around a wood full of trip hazards and then actually using it was very daunting.
Right, let’s get to the nitty gritty of what myself and Jake actually did on the course. The first few days were focused on chainsaw maintenance - how to sharpen the chain, change parts, check for fuel and oil etc. By doing the maintenance first it allowed me to become far more comfortable handling the saw and being taught how the mechanics work enabled me to see how the saw functions for when I came to operate it.