By CBS13 Staff

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.

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With the labor shortage and people not being able to learn fast enough, many end up getting their training on the job.

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“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.

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However, workers say another issue compounding the labor shortage is that there are only a handful of places in California to get certified statewide.