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The Rich Mountain Conservation District will hold a free chainsaw safety certification course on Monday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mena National Guard Armory.

The course will be lead by Dana Hinkley of Berlin, New Hampshire and he has held numerous safety workshops in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and across the nation since 2001. Hinkley is the president of Logger Rescue, Inc., which is a nationally recognized training program. He is also a member of the Stihl Chainsaw advisory team for logging safety instruction.

The workshop is for emergency responders, road crews, fire departments and anyone that operates a chainsaw. Hinkley will demonstrate “hands-on” technique for safe felling and how to handle difficult trees and storm damaged trees.

The program has been approved by the Arkansas Fire Academy for 8-hours of certified training credit. To pre-register call 479-437-6054 or email

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