Confidence, pride and achievement - ready to test their knowledge
Twelve women came together in District 10 to learn all about the ins and outs of chainsaws: safety, cleaning, maintenance and of course how to use them.
The course was held over two days on a blustery weekend at Briagolong. Golden Beach Fire Brigade Captain Paula Grosveld inspired the women to attend the training.
On the first day the women were introduced to chainsaws. They learned about cutting techniques and safety elements of chainsaws and clothing.
On the second day, after a revision session, Instructor Geordie Ackeroyd was impressed by their enthusiasm.
"Group of the decade. It is great to work with a group so keen to learn," Geordie said.
The next step in the learning phase was maintenance. The women had to dismantle their saws, clean them and then sharpen their chains in preparation for an afternoon of cutting.
And as one participant said, "I have learned so much about chainsaw use, safety aspectsand maintenance. Just to learn how to assess a fallen tree has been mind boggling. I'll be happily using and maintaining a chainsaw now."
And another participant said her most memorable moment was, "going out and implementing my new-found knowledge in real situations."
This day could not have been a success without instructors - Geordie Akeroyd, Ben Griffiths, Justin Elliott, Ted Osler and Chris Buxton and D10 Coordinator Learning and Development Andrew Shaw.