The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center

Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Basic Training

Specialized Aircraft Fire Training

The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center

Intermediate Specialized Aircraft Fire Training

Spill Fire Training

The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center

Rubble Pile

The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center

The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center provides some of the most realistic emergency responder training in the world. Located in Helena, Montana at the Helena Regional Airport, the RMESTC is designed to provide specialized training for all emergency responders in a safe and controlled environment.

The ARFF programs have been modified so students have more hands-on training and less time spent in the classroom. Besides the 40-hour Basic ARFF and the ‘Live Fire’ recertification courses, we offer intermediate ‘Live Fire’ recertification courses. This intermediate ‘Live Fire’ recertification course is designed for the more experienced airport fire fighter. This course is very intense and is done during the hours of darkness. It provides the students with very realistic training scenarios.

In 2013, 4 mobile Fire Training Simulators were put into action at the training center. These include a Car Fire Simulator, a Structural Fire Simulator, a Black Hawk Helicopter Fire Simulator, and a 48 foot trailer containing numerous training props. A functioning Boeing 727, which was donated by FedEx, was moved to the training center site for realistic hands-on aircraft familiarization courses. Plans are in the works for a Delta CRJ 50 seat regional jet to be donated to the training center for courses designed for passenger jet scenarios.

A $150,000 RUBBLE PILE area was constructed for the Montana National Guard’s Vigilant Guard Exercise. This RUBBLE PILE provides first responders an excellent opportunity to train in confined and collapsed building training in a controlled and safe environment.

The world-class driving track continues to be a valuable part of the RMESTC facilities. This 1.2 mile track, plus a 6 acre skid pad, provides training for not only ARFF students, but also for all governmental and private sector agencies and businesses that may need defensive driving safety classes.

The RMESTC training can now be tailored to meet the specific needs of the users at our location or yours. For more information please contact the RMESTC Coordinator at 406-449-3473.

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  • “Super state of the art facility with a great staff! I know now why ARFF crews travel thousands of miles to come to RMESTC.”
    Rod Helstad
    ARFF Fire Chief
    Williston ND
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