Events - General Events

Sep 9

LERT Chainsaw Certification

YOU are invited!—Spread the word! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

Training starting promptly at 9 AM

Training will be held from 9 AM - Noon at the new Discover Center at Camp Okoboji, 1531 Edgewood Drive, Milford IA.

Lunch will be served at noon.  We will then cut down some trees. This is the “practical application” of the training course which will be from 1– 4PM.  

PLEASE register at or call me at 515-370-1159.  Register soon as class size is limited because of the “hands on” afternoon session.

The training and meals are FREE to you.  If you wish to stay at Camp either September 8 or 9, the lodging is FREE (Each participant is welcome to one free night’s lodging courtesy of Camp Okoboji).

Instructor will be Ed Boerman from Illinois. He works with Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois to certify volunteers who wish to operate chain saws.  I asked Ed if a participant should bring their own chain saw.  He replied, “If you have a chain saw and safety equipment (chaps, hard hat, eye protection, gloves) bring it.  I will bring extra safety equipment and chain saws to share.  Also encourage those who do not want to actually operate a chain saw but still want to be part of the team to come. They are just as important to the crew as the chain saw operators.”

NOTE:  I know that most of you who are interested in the certification are already very skilled at using a chain saw.  This certification is required by FEMA if you are working at a site where they are present. Of course, if FEMA is not present at the site where we are working, you are welcome to use your chainsaw without receiving the certification.

Please contact me with questions.

Ellie Menz