Recently, the WDNR added a new requirement that chainsaw operators at TU chapter brushing events needed to be certified in First Aid . To meet this requirement, Randy Arnold with the help of Nate Anderson organized a First Aid class. The class was held Sunday, 10/22 at the Super 8 Motel in Baldwin, WI. Fifteen folks took the class, a nice mix of volunteers from Kiap-TU-Wish and Clearwater’s chapter plus one student from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.
All aspects of First Aid were covered with extra emphasis on CPR and treating wounds. The class was taught by Shannon Griebe a ten year EMT veteran. THANKS to all those folks that took the time to get certified for the upcoming brushing season.
The CPR/First Aid training class is all set up for this Sunday Oct. 22nd at the DNR Service Center in Baldwin, WI. The training is necessary for our winter habitat work crews to stay in compliance with DNR regulations regarding workplace safety. I need to have 2-3 CPR/First Aid trained personnel on site anytime that the chapter is engaged in brushing/logging operations involving the use of chainsaws. I currently have about 10 volunteers from my habitat crew as well as 5 members of the Clear Waters TU chapter who have committed to taking the class. The instructor is willing to accommodate up to 35 students in the class. Outside of our workdays, this is valuable training to have and, I would hope that others would take advantage of this opportunity. The class will begin at 9:00 and end sometime around 4:00 with lunch provided. Please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this class. I hope to begin winter habitat work as soon as there is any snow cover on the ground but, this training needs to happen first. — Randy Arnold
The River Falls Fly Fishing For Trout Clinic is scheduled for June 3rd, from 1:00 to 9:00 PM. Our students will get a phenomenal introduction to this wonderful sport and will experience everything from casting and knot tying, to entomology, wading safety and fishing strategy. About 5:00 PM we’ll take a break for supper (yes, we supply supper) and get a little instruction on the importance of coldwater streams and
River Falls Parks and Recreation is charging the students $20 for the privilege of taking this class. Our chapter is accepting only $5 per student to helpallay the chapter’s cost for hosting this clinic. That allows Park and Rec to put the rest into their coffers.
The reason we’re able to strike a deal like this is because of the wonderful people in our chapter who volunteer to help out. Already we have 13 volunteers: Mitch Abbott, Sarah Sanford, Mike Colling, Benji Kohn, Herb Lundberg, Maria Manion, Scott Thorpe, Mark Peerenboom, Ron Kuehn, Kyle Amundson, Bill Hinton, Jim Kojis and Joe Schreifels.
If you’d like to join us in this endeavor, contact Brian Smolinski (brian@ lundsflyshop.com) or Michael Alwin (email@example.com).