I recently returned from Operation Loyal Friend in Griffin, Georgia. The community was affected by tornadoes and needed helped with debris cleanup. During the operation, I was privileged to be able to obtain my Sawyer I training from three amazing instructors. I’d seen a chainsaw in action before but never personally used one.
Because there were three regional chainsaw instructors on this operation, they offered a Sawyer 1 course. So I signed up, because what did I have to lose? There is always a need for sawyers and I felt that even if I couldn’t pass the class it would give me valuable information for conducting damage assessments. I could use the information to assess if my team was capable of taking care of a resident’s need with the equipment we had on the ground.
During this process, I discovered most of us are only limited in our own minds. If you think you will have a bad day, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t.
Did I think I could operate a chainsaw? I wasn’t sure, but I was willing to try. Even if I was physically unable to do the job, there was a wealth of knowledge available to me to use in other situations with Team Rubicon.
I am proud to say that I am a certified sawyer now. I passed the course and have successfully started using my chainsaw in the field, proving it’s never too late to learn new tricks.