BUTTE – On October 20, 2015, Butte-Silver Bow, its partners and the Bert Mooney Airport will undertake the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) required tri-annual emergency management exercise. The exercise will take place at Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will test emergency response and procedures required in a simulated airport incident. This exercise will test the readiness of a wide range of city-county departments, including: police, fire, 911 response, public communication, disaster management, as well as the Montana Highway Patrol. Additional mutual aid organizations that will be participating are the Butte-Silver Bow Volunteer Fire Department, A-1 Ambulance, St. James Hospital, and 15-90 Search and Rescue. Bert Mooney Airport director Patrick Shea explains, “The goal of this exercise is to test BTM’s personnel as well as mutual aid capabilities in the event of an airport emergency situation.”
“Emergency scenario exercises like the one planned for October 20 puts our emergency response capabilities through their paces,” said Butte-Silver Bow Director of Emergency Management Dan Dennehy, “These exercises give us to ability to practice our emergency management preparedness and test our lines of communication.” CEO of St. James Healthcare, Chuck Wright also reiterated the importance of collaborative exercises, “St. James Healthcare, an ACS Certified Level III Trauma Center, is pleased to have the opportunity to work with its community partners to ensure we are prepared to provide top quality care to our community in the event of a disaster.”
For additional questions or concerns, please contact Pat Shea at Bert Mooney Airport at (406) 497-3771 or Director of Emergency Management for Butte-Silver Bow, Dan Dennehy at (406) 497-6295.