SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A lot of people are doing whatever they can to protect their homes in what has been a historic fire season, but finding a company to do the work may be challenging.
Tree trimming companies say they’re having a hard time filling out their crews of climbers.READ MORE: Amber Alert: Children Abducted By Father In Riverside County, Possibly Near Modesto
With the labor shortage and people not being able to learn fast enough, many end up getting their training on the job.READ MORE: Sacramento Police Say Thieves Target Women Along Stockton Boulevard In Broad Daylight
“There is no factory, no institution that is making tree climbers. The only way to have a tree climber is to hire one that has already been trained or train them yourself,” said a tree trimmer from TreeMax tree service who spoke to CBS13.
California is one of a handful of states where a contractor license is required to climb, cut down, or trim trees.MORE NEWS: 2 Now-Former Stockton Police Officers Charged In Beating During Arrest Of Teen
However, workers say another issue compounding the labor shortage is that there are only a handful of places in California to get certified statewide.