ARFF Course Descriptions


Our instructors are hand picked, trained, and certified to operate the high-tech Spill Fire and SAFT trainers.  Courses are provided in basic aircraft fire fighting training and re-certification.  See below for a list of current training courses, descriptions, and the cost for each course.

Hotel accommodations at the Comfort Suites can be added to your training for an additional fee.  Hotel includes breakfast, transportation to and from the airport, as well as transportation to and from training for $131.00 per night. The Comfort Suites will also transport your members to and from dinner within the Helena area.  If your students require hotel, please choose the all-inclusive option during registration.

Be sure to select the dates that your students need accommodations when registering and we will take care of the rest.

The prices for training include lunch at our Airport restaurant or one of our many local eateries.  Transportation will be provided for students if lunch is off-site.

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Basic Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Training

Total Hours: 40 (four 10-hour days)
Tuition: $1,495.00

The ARFF 40 Hour Basic Class covers all eleven Federal Aviation Administration essential topics for ARFF certification. Approximately 20 hours of the course is in the classroom and 20 hours is live fire training. This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and mitigate an aircraft emergency. The course will develop the students’ knowledge of basic firefighting and rescue principles. It also prepares the student to quickly respond to an aircraft emergency scene, ready to suppress and control 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 driving, operation and equipment, personal protective equipment, safety, planning, 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 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus with face-piece and perform physically demanding tasks.

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One Day Course-Spill and SAFT combined
Tuition: $995.00

This course provides live fire experience for re-certification 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 and reinforced their ability to quickly control an aircraft fuel spill fire by effectively maneuvering an ARFF vehicle while manipulating a roof mounted turret. Additional training evolution’s will reinforce students’ ability to operate hand lines in the control of an aircraft class B spill fire.
We have added the Specialized Aircraft Fire Trainer training to this one-day course to give added value to your training dollar. The SAFT will provide additional crew-based hand line training for managing and mitigating five different interior aircraft fires and safe aircraft shutdown procedures, as well as engine, wheel assembly and baggage compartment fires.

Prerequisite: Certification as an aircraft rescue fire fighter (Basic ARFF); must be physically able to secure Self Contained Breathing Apparatus with face-piece 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 any ARFF course or may be used separately.  Mobile fire training simulators may require an extra day for training. The add-on per student fee is $100 and up.  Dedicated all day training cost will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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 eight 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 for all classes unless arrangements have been made prior to class attendance.  Tuition paid by RMESTC reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient class size.  In the event a course is canceled by RMESTC, notification will be given at least 14 days in advance and all efforts will be made to reschedule affected students. If your student/s can not be rescheduled, you will receive a full refund for those students.  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.


    • Full refunds given to cancellations confirmed with RMESTC Coordinator two weeks or more prior to class.
    • 50% refunds will be given to cancellations that are confirmed with RMESTC Coordinator within two weeks of the class date.
    • No refunds will be given on day-of cancellations or no-shows.


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 to students will be conducted prior to actual live fire training.

Sponsoring Agency or Student:  Students may provide their own NFPA-approved protective clothing, SCBAs or NOMEX hoods.  Verification of a student’s physical ability to participate in rigorous fire training must be acknowledged by reading and agreeing to the health requirements during online registration.

Rental Car Agencies in the Helena Regional Airport

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