BUTTE, Mont. – When you think of Montana airports, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Bozeman-Yellowstone International. However, Bert Mooney Airport in Butte is hoping to become a more viable flight option for Mining City residents, and part of that growth can be attributed to the existence of emergency training.
On Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bert Mooney Airport held its FAA-mandated training course. The exercise focused on the scenario of a wreck at launch and required full team effort to complete successfully – first responders to care for the patients, the fire department to put out fires, and other contributions from the sheriff’s office, search and rescue, and the office of Emergency Management of Silver-Bow County.
In addition, good communication between the moving parts is essential.
“We do three of these a year and the first problem is always communication,” said Dan Dennehy, the district’s emergency management director. “So far I think communication has been going pretty well and I think that’s because of the new technology we’ve invested in.”
Dennehy says improving communication helped make this training exercise go so smoothly.
“We’ve been working on it and planning it for the past few months,” Dennehy said. “We had a great response. I think we saw how professional our first responders are.”
Dennehy says this training will also help the airport with its expansion plans, as Bert Mooney will add a flight to Denver in January 2022. The only current destination of the airport is in Salt Lake City.