ARFF Course Descriptions

ARFF, SAFT, Spill Fire, Intermediate, Basic 40 Hours, and SAFT-Spill Recertification

Our instructors are hand picked, trained, and certified to operate the high-tech Spill Fire and SAFT trainer.  Courses are provided in basic aircraft fire fighting training and recertification.  Below is a list of current training courses and descriptions.


Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Basic Training

Total Hours: 40 (four 10-hour days)
Tuition: $1,249

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to effectively handle an aircraft emergency.  It develops the students knowledge of basic fire fighting and rescue principles.  The course prepares the student to quickly respond to an aircraft crash site ready to suppress fuel spill fires, evacuate, and rescue passengers.  The student will become proficient in extinguishing wheel, engine, interior cabin, and compartment fires.  Instruction is given in aircraft and airport familiarization, apparatus and equipment, planning and communications, aircraft fire fighting and rescue procedures, and hazardous materials.  Students receive live fire experience and training in accordance with FAR 139.319 and CARS 323.

Prerequisite:  Must be physically able to secure SCBAs and perform physically demanding tasks.

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ARFF Spill Fire Recertification

One Day Course
Tuition: $849

Course provides live fire experience for recertification under FAR 139.319 and CARS 323. Training is provided on turret and hand-line control of a simulated fuel spill fire.  Upon successful completion, students will have refreshed their ability to quickly control an aircraft fuel spill fire, effectively manipulate a turret-mounted spray nozzle, and operate hand lines in the control of an aircraft fire.  Students are also given training on a live three-dimensional fire.

Prerequisite: Certification as an aircraft rescue fire fighter; must be physically able to secure SCBAs and perform physically demanding tasks.

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SAFT Training

One Day Course
Tuition: $695

Students are instructed in specialized aircraft fire fighting training using a state-of-the-art 737 trainer.  Students  learn to effectively extinguish engine, wheel, cockpit, cabin interior, galley, baggage compartment, aircraft restroom fires and cargo fires. They review proper safety and rescue procedures for aircraft crash situations.

Prerequisite: Certification as an aircraft rescue fire fighter; must be physically able to secure SCBAs and perform physically demanding tasks.

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Combined SAFT/Spill Fire Recertification

Two Day Course
Tuition: $995

Students review safety, use of equipment, and procedures for the suppression of fuel spill, wheel, engine, interior cabin, and compartment fires.  Passenger evacuation and rescue will be covered.  The student will master appropriate tactics for a given aircraft accident scenario.  This course prepares the student to quickly respond to an aircraft crash site ready to suppress cockpit/galley fires, evacuate and rescue passengers.  The student will  be prepared to extinguish wheel, engine, interior cabin, cargo, and compartment fires.  Students receive instruction in personnel safety, apparatus familiarization, and aircraft rescue and fire fighting procedures.  Students receive live fire experience and training for recertification under FAR 139.319 and CARS 323.

Prerequisite: Certification as an aircraft rescue fire fighter; must be physically able to secure SCBAs and perform physically demanding tasks.

Course Schedule/Registration Form


Intermediate SAFT/Spill Fire Recertification Training

Two Day Course
Tuition: $995

Students are instructed in specialized aircraft fire fighting training using a state-of-the-art 737 trainer.  Students learn to effectively extinguish engine, wheel, cockpit, cabin interior, galley, cargo, baggage compartment, and aircraft lavatory fires.  They review proper safety and rescue procedures for aircraft crash situations.  This class offers specialized night time response procedures and fire fighting techniques.  Extensive training is provided on turret and hand-line operations using newer ARFF vehicles on a simulated fuel spill fire.  Proper radio communications and the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) are covered.

Prerequisite: Certification as an aircraft rescue fire fighter. ARFF Recertification or at least four to six years experience in aircraft fire fighting; must be able to secure SCBAs and perform physically demanding tasks.

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Mobile Training Simulators

Tuition: Please call for availability and fees
Mobile Training Simulators may be used in conjunction with ARFF course or may be used separately.  Mobile fire training simulators may require an extra day for training.


Car Fire Simulator

Tuition: Please call for fee schedule
Students will be instructed on the proper techniques in the response to vehicle fire emergencies, including engine fires, forward passenger compartment fires, rear passenger compartment fires, or a fuel spill fire.


Black Hawk Helicopter Fire Simulator

Tuition: Please call for fee schedule
Students will be instructed on the proper techniques in response to emergencies involving helicopters.  Training involves responding to engine fires, passenger and cargo area fires as well as a cockpit fire.


Structural Fire Simulator

Tuition: Please call for fee schedule
Students will be instructed on various training scenarios involving a structural emergency.


Hazmat Training Trailer

Tuition: Please call for arrangements and fees


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Class Size and Registration

In order to maximize the training experience, RMESTC class sizes are limited to provide appropriate instructor-to-student ratios.  Minimum class size is four students; maximum student numbers vary with the course offered. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Special scheduling arrangements can be made for groups of eight or more from one sponsoring agency.  Classes can be customized to fit your requirements and needs.

Fees, Cancellations or Refunds

Pre-payment of tuition/fees is required prior to any training classes.  In the event a course is canceled by RMESTC, notification will be given at least 14 days in advance and full refunds will be made.  Sponsoring agencies or students who withdraw must do so no later than 14 days prior to scheduled date in order to obtain a refund.  If notice is not provided to RMESTC by mail, email or fax regarding cancellation or withdrawal, the sponsoring agency will be responsible for the tuition for each student registered.

Responsibilities

RMESTC:  The Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center provides the facility, instructor staff, fuel, hand-lines, nozzles, extinguishing agents, fire trucks, and breathing air.  Turn-outs are available on site.  Students and the sponsoring agency will be provided with an evaluation report of the student’s participation and performance during the training period.  Students will receive a certificate of completion.  In order to ensure student safety, an inspection of protective clothing and SCBA gear provided by students will be conducted prior to actual live fire training.

Sponsoring Agency or Student:  Students may provide their own NFPA-approved protective clothing and SCBAs. According to NFPA, students must provide their own NOMEX hoods.  Verification of a student’s physical ability to participate in rigorous fire training must be provided by the sponsoring agency per a signed ARFF Health Certificate.

Housing and Meals

See below for a list of nearby accommodations.  Some will offer special government rates upon request. Lunch or dinner and coffee breaks will be provided at the RMESTC and are included in training costs.  Avis/Budget, Hertz, and National/Alamo operate rental car agencies at the Helena Regional Airport.  There are also several off-Airport rental car agencies in Helena.

Baymont Inn & Suites
750 N. Fee
(406) 443-1000
Residence Inn Marriott
2500 East Custer
(406) 443-8010
Days Inn
2001 Prospect Avenue
406-442-3280
Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd.
(406) 457-5500
Hampton Inn
3000 E. U.S. Highway 12
(406) 443-5800
Holiday Inn
22 N. Last Chance Gulch
(406) 443-2200
Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites
1714 Eleventh Avenue
(406) 442-1770
LaQuinta Inn and Suites
701 Washington
(406) 449-4000
Quality Inn
2300 N. Oakes
800-424-6423
Wingate Inn
2007 North Oakes
(406) 449-3000

Rental Car Agencies in the Helena Regional Airport

Avis/Budget
(406) 442-4440
Hertz
(406) 449-4167
National/Alamo
(406) 442-8620

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