HENRICO (WRIC) - The winter snow storm is expected to bring down trees and create a lot of debris, so the National Guard are prepping their chainsaws.
On Wednesday, they trained with Henrico firefighters, learning how to safely remove downed trees and branches from the roads.
It wasn't exactly practice on large trees and branches, but the National Guard teamed up with Henrico firefighters for a quick refresh on chainsaw safety as crews get ready for whatever comes their way during the storm.
"This more than any of the storms that we have gotten this year looks like it's going to be a lot heavier snow," says Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum."A lot of ice, so we have the potential for a lot of trees down, and we're going to have to have all the hands possible to help out."
The guard trains with chainsaws about twice a year but with the potential of doing a lot clearing during this storm. The troops thought it would be a good idea to clear the cobwebs by training with firefighters.
"Having a refresher course brushes up on the little dust that we might have and it makes it a little bit easier," says Sgt. Tony Chandler. "Chainsaws can be very dangerous so we want to train not only in the safe operation of them but maintenance of them, when you get out there cutting the trees you want to make sure that they're going to keep cutting all day."
The main goal will be clearing the way for emergency responders so they can get to where they're most needed.
"Any kind of debris that's in the way, we're capable of putting it out the way so we can make our mission possible."
Saying safety will be the number one priority in total 300 soldiers from the Virginia National Guard to help respond to the winter weather throughout the state.
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