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Convoy of Hope Hosts Chainsaw Training for Volunteers

USA Reported by Convoy of Hope
Disaster Restoration Service

“As the saying goes, ‘I didn’t know what I didn’t know,’” Dan Cassidy said.

Convoy of Hope recently held a chainsaw training session for volunteers who are now ready to clean up debris, road hazards, and disaster zones. Dan was one of many who participated. He has led and engaged in several volunteer training sessions and has worked closely with Convoy over the years.

“You can’t help but be impressed by the people, processes, and equipment that are ready to hit the road on short notice,” Dan said. “All too often, we focus on tragedy rather than triumph.  Amazing work is done to help those in need and Convoy of Hope has the infrastructure in place to deploy resources very quickly.”

Every second counts when disaster strikes. That’s why Convoy of Hope stays prepared to respond to both domestic and international disasters. Sharpening skills and maintaining equipment ensures that Convoy can help those in need as quickly as possible.

“Preparation paves the way for timely assistance,” said Dan.

The volunteer training took place over two days. Participants spent time in the woods and in classrooms learning how to maintain their equipment, sharpen chainsaw blades, efficiently cut trees, and practice proper safety procedures. 

Dan explained that the training course was not easy, but it left him feeling prepared, well-educated, and inspired to help those in need. 

“Driving home following the course, I was hot and tired,” he said. “But it felt good to be a small part of such a great team.” 


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