Just as our name indicates, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the heart of Big Sky Country, the RMESTC has space for tremendous amounts of training apparatus while still being in close proximity to Helena and all of its’ amenities.
The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center consists of two buildings with multiple classrooms dedicated to ARFF training. Located in one of the buildings are vehicle storage bays where our RMESTC dedicated Rosenbaur 1500-gallon ARFF truck is housed. Also housed in this building are two other ARFF trucks that are utilized during training – a 750 gallon Rosenbaur as well as a 350 gallon Quick Response vehicle. The smaller truck is also very effective while training smaller commercial or general aviation Airports. These trucks allows students to participate in hands-on familiarization of the ARFF truck during the classroom portions of the training courses. These trucks are also what most crews at regional or small to medium hub airports have at their home stations.
Other conveniences of the RMESTC buildings include men’s and women’s locker rooms, administrative offices, a medical room, turnout room, SCBA storage room as well as a control room. All of the buildings and classroom areas are furnished with high-quality amenities allowing students to learn in a comfortable setting while training at the RMESTC.
Safety is at the forefront of what we do at the RMESTC and there are many training and safety aids incorporated into our buildings. The control room contains two computer systems which control both the 737 SAFT and Spill Fire mock-ups which provide back-up assurance and extra safety measures to our students. A camera system also records the training for the students to review in the classroom as well as DVD’s are available to take back to their home departments. Thumb drives of all live burns will also be provided to each department so the students can review and critique with their departments when they return.
Two separate outdoor covered classroom/viewing areas provide cover from varying weather conditions while still allowing students to be close in order to observe training scenarios.
The facility also boasts a 1.2 mile professional driving track as well as an off-road driving course. The track is utilized by many different groups for a variety of different functions such as Sports Car Clubs or Drag Racing events – if you have interest in renting the track, visit out Rent the Track page.
The RMESTC also boasts an array of mobile training mockup devices that can be used on-site as an added aid to the great courses we currently offer. A structural fire trailer trainer provides all the real-world emergency scenarios and fires Firefighters might expect when responding to a structure fire. Alongside the structural fire trainer, a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) trainer is also on-site to provide the most realistic HazMat response scenarios in a safe, contained area. Lastly, two vehicle mobile trainers round out the fleet in a car mobile trainer as well as a BlackHawk Helicopter mobile trainer. Any of these can be added at your request to further the training you receive here at the RMESTC.