Last weekend, members of Region 8 got after some timber during a chainsaw training course in Jamestown, CO. The team tackled technique, safety, and maintenance in a couple hours. Allow us to introduce you to a few badass attendees who’ll be promptly adding “tree surgeon” to their résumé:
Name: Erin Moe Hometown: Longmont, CO Military experience: 3 years USAF medic Key takeaway from training: “Safety!” TR member since: APR2013
Name: Jesse Bucholtz Hometown: Porterfield, WI Military experience: 10 years USAF, Seismic Maintenance Technician Key takeaway from training: “This class will improve our chainsaw performance ten-fold.” TR members since: SEP2013 (R8’s Resource Manager)
Name: Victoria Young Hometown: Broomfield, CO Military experience: 9 years and counting in the USN Reserves; OIF (2009-2010), OEF (2012-2013) Key takeaway from the training: “Chainsaws aren’t as intimidating as you might think.” TR member since: OCT2013
Name: George Newell Hometown: Boulder, CO Military experience: 5 years USMC, A6 Intruder Pilot; OIF1 (2003-2004) Key takeaway from training: “A lot of good enthusiasm in the crew. People are willing to learn!” TR member since: APR2013
Name: Craig Robinson Hometown: Denver, CO Military experience: 13 years and counting in USAR, Major, PA-C Key takeaway from training: “Don’t flood the engine!” TR member since: JAN2014
Wisconsin natives and Air Force veterans Elizabeth O’Herrin and Jesse Bucholtz got nasty on some tree bark with proper PPE.
Written by Colorado Communications Coordinator Chris Epps