The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center is owned and operated by the Helena Regional Airport Authority. The RMESTC, which was dedicated in 1996, offers the most realistic first responder training available in the world today.
The Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) program was developed to provide specialized training and certification for airport personnel in Class "A", "B" and "C" airports – 68% of all certified airports in the US fall into one of these categories. The state-of-the-art trainers – a 737 spill fire trainer centered in an 8800 square foot fire pit, and the 737 special aircraft fire trainer – can simulate a variety of emergency scenarios, from flowing fuel fires with 50-foot high flames to engine fires, wheel fires and cockpit fires.
The Driving Track includes a 1.2-mile long oval (with a 3000 foot straightaway) and a six-acre skid pad. Professional law enforcement driver training as well as defensive driving courses are available; the instructors are certified through the National Safety Council.
The RMESTC continues to expand its resources and curriculum to provide safe, quality, effective training for emergency responders – both professional and volunteer. For more information, go to the RMESTC website, or contact Pete Hartman, Training & Facilities Coordinator.