The Missouri District will provide Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Basic Chainsaw training on Saturday, February 24. The chainsaw training serves to increase our dedicated LERT volunteer’s capabilities to help those who haven’t the means or skills to perform this dangerous work following a disaster. During the training, you will learn safe operation of a chainsaw, personal protective equipment (PPE), injury prevention, how to buck and limb fallen trees, and how to clear debris in a safe and beneficial manner. The morning session is a classroom lecture; the afternoon is hands on experience. (To be authorized to use a chainsaw on LERT disaster responses as an LCMS LERT Chainsaw Operator, you must attend BOTH.) The training will be held at Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Blitz Hall. Snack and lunch provided. Those ages 14–17 may attend the classroom portion and become a dragger but will not be able to become a puller or chainsaw operator until they have reached the age of 18. Outdoor work clothes and steel toed boots should be worn.

Training Costs:

  • Morning and Afternoon (LERT qualified Chainsaw Operator): $50
  • Morning Only (Non-Operator): $15.
  • Pay at the time of training with cash or checks payable to “St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.”

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You must have previously completed the LERT basic training class to participate in this class.