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'The Art of Felling Timber' Training Brings Firefighters From Across the Nation

Firefighters from all over the country are learning the art of cutting down hazardous trees right here in Southern Oregon.

Posted: Nov 9, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2018 5:17 PM

GLENDALE, Ore. -- Firefighters from all over the country are learning the art of cutting down hazardous trees right here in Southern Oregon. 

It's part of a training program called 'The Art of Felling Timber,' which is based on a book written by Grants Pass resident Roy Hauser. He spent 15 years writing the book and has 30 years' experience working on fires and falling trees.

The training brings arborists and firefighters from all over the U.S. to learn the science behind the dangerous profession. 

The program begins in a classroom where participants go over safety and techniques. It also takes the group deep in a forest to put the skills to the test.

Medford Crew 10 Firefighter Page Bisenieks said the skills are extremely important for for firefighters to have. 

"Just being on the saw is so much fun and so when we get the chance to come out here and cut a bunch of trees this big, we don't really get to do anything like this and spending a whole two days just cutting big timber is a blast," Bisenieks said. 

Hauser said about 45 people, including members of the BLM, Forest Service, and arborists, did this month's training. 

His daughter, Victoria, said the training aims to give crucial, first-hand experience to the group that they can take back with them all over the country.

"There are too many people out there losing their lives in this workforce, this is a very dangerous workforce, and that's what we're trying to prevent," Victoria Hauser said. 

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