“The best we can be” | Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting at GPIA

At every U.S. airport with airline service, there is an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team comprised of specially trained firefighters to handle firefighting, rescue and operational incidents of jet-sized proportions.

At Glacier Park International Airport, Fire Chief, Troy Glasman, is focused on keeping his team response-ready and at the top of their game.

“We want to be the best we can be,” says Glasman.

Glasman has been serving the Flathead Valley as an emergency responder for decades, with more than 25 years of firefighting background. A former West Valley volunteer fireman, he worked his way up to become the West Valley Fire Marshal and then moved into a position with ARFF at Glacier Park International Airport.

Keeping the GPIA ARFF team response-ready 24/7 all year round takes time and dedication. The team coordinates runway maintenance, reports on runway conditions 24/7, manages wildlife interactions at the airport (remember last year’s black bear event?), responds to emergencies at the airport, and provides mutual aid for emergencies outside the airport boundaries.

Glasman takes the ARFF role as a community resource seriously, and it’s reflected in his dedication to local partnerships.

“The airport is on the forefront of some important resources, like pushing forward a Rescue Task Force program,” Glasman says.

A Rescue Task Force is a nationally recognized model that lays a blueprint to organize, prepare and mobilize local emergency services, law enforcement, hospitals, and fire departments in a crisis.

In a rural area with many small communities, Glasman knows coordinating all these services is a challenge. “But I’m looking forward to setting up our team, and local partners, so we’re ready to go when needed,” he adds.

For all his clear dedication to the ARFF mission and GPIA passenger safety, Glasman does hold one thing above work.

“Family, that’s the most important thing in my life,” he says.

He and his wife came to Montana with two young children and added two more after they moved to the state. Now, Glasman enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking with his family (most recently summiting Great Northern), and is looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild.

Glasman might be as smart as he is brave. When asked for his favorite spot to eat in the Valley, he immediately and confidently responded: “my wife’s kitchen.”

Work with Us: Snow Removal Positions

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority is accepting applications for the following position:

On-Call Short-Term Snow Removal

New operators – $16.00/hr.

Returning operators – $17.00/hr.

Under direct supervision of the Director of Maintenance, this short-term, on-call position is responsible for performing snow and ice control on the airfield, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.

 Minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Current, valid Montana driver’s license
  • 3 years’ experience operating heavy equipment or performing snow and ice control.
  • Satisfactory driving record (as determined by our insurance company)
  • Ability to pass TSA criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous airport snow removal experience

How to apply:     

Pick up an application in the Administration Office at Glacier Park International Airport, 4170 Highway 2 E., Kalispell, Montana. 

From the Big Sky to the Big Apple- Fly Direct!

Air service at Glacier Park International Airport continues to expand. American Airlines announced a direct flight to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, New York. Additionally, seasonal American flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) will switch to larger aircraft.

“The GPIA team is excited to welcome this new service next summer,” said Rob Ratkowski, director of the Glacier Park International Airport. “We appreciate these expanded opportunities to make a great first and last impression on new visitors to the Flathead Valley.”

Flights to LGA will be weekly on Saturday, with seasonal service set to begin on June 6, 2020. Seats will go on sale September 1, 2019 at www.aa.com.

“National parks are a huge attraction for many families,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American Airlines. “As soon as school’s out next year, our customers will have more than 145 weekly flights to Montana to choose from.”

Now served by planes with 76 seats, DFW and ORD service is increasing passenger capacity by nearly 50% by switching to 160-seat planes. American says they have expanded services based on the success of this year’s new service to Glacier National Park Airport.

“Demand is clear for more flights and more seats,” said Ratkowski. “It’s our responsibility to meet the demands and we’re working towards an improved passenger terminal every day.”

Glacier Park International has seen a 33 percent increase in passenger volumes since 2014. Looking ahead, Glacier Park International Airport is planning to add 40,000 square feet to the existing terminal, expanding the ticketing, baggage and waiting areas while also adding additional gates to better accommodate increased passenger volumes.

Work with Us! Maintenance Electrician Assistant

Position:  Maintenance Electrician Assistant

Reports To:     Maintenance Supervisor

Pay Rate: $20/hour

Purpose of Position

Under direct supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor, the Maintenance Electrician Assistant performs ordinary and customary installations, modifications, additions and repairs in accordance with MCA 37-68-103 (2) to ensure the efficient and continuous operation of airport-owned electrical and electronic systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is distinguished by the following work elements:

  1. Electrical and electronics repair and maintenance
  2. Ancillary maintenance

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 The following duties are normal for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Electrical and electronics repair

  • Diagnoses and repairs malfunctioning electrical and electronic equipment
  • Monitors and repairs electrical and electronic components of building and airfield
  • Cleans, maintains and repairs lighting and other airfield systems
  • Installs conduit, raceways, cable trays, electrical power equipment, controls, fixtures, and other associated items
  • Performs preventative maintenance and calibration to electrical and electronic components
  • Orders electrical and electronic supplies
  • Assists in developing project specifications

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

While the following tasks are necessary for the work, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this classification and may also be performed by other employees.

  • Repairs, inspects and maintains airport-owned facilities, machinery, equipment, and property
  • Operates a variety of heavy and light equipment
  • Operates snow removal equipment
  • Performs debris removal as necessary
  • Cleans shop, work areas, and equipment
  • Provides airfield escorts as necessary
  • Picks up parts from vendors
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

 The following training and education, or any combination of the two that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities, is required for this position:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to successfully complete TSA background check
  • Ability to successfully complete pre-employment physical including drug screening
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in performing industrial/facility electrical maintenance duties
  • Good working knowledge/experience with both parallel and series high voltage circuits
  • Low voltage cabling experience

The following training and education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, are preferred for this position:

  • Montana Electricians license
  • Experience running scissor and bucket lifts
  • Experience with PLC’s, motor control, and airfield lighting installation or maintenance

Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Ability to assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and information, following a prescribed plan.  Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data and information.

Ability to advise and interpret how to apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.

Ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information such as regulations, engineering drawings, airfield condition reports, specifications, diagrams, maps, maintenance manuals, safety training materials, maintenance records, time cards, and general operating manuals.

Mathematical Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide. Ability to use formulas and equations used in the electrical trade.

Judgment and Situation Reasoning Ability

 Ability to use functional reasoning and apply rational judgment in performing influence functions such as instructing and leading.

Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory and/or judgmental criteria, as opposed to criteria which are clearly measurable.

Physical Requirements

The following physical requirements apply to the position:

  • Ability to operate equipment and machinery requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as trucks, snow removal equipment, fork lifts, compressors, generators, hoists, jacks, electrician’s tools, small hand tools, etc.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activity with the ability to occasionally lift and transport 80 lbs.
  • Ability to coordinate hands, eyes, feet, and limbs in performing skilled movements.
  • Ability to exert required physical effort to perform moderate to heavy work typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between colors, shapes, sounds, odors, and textures associated with job-related objects, materials, and tasks.

Working Conditions

Work environment is dictated by activities at the airport.  Extended periods in difficult work environments may occur as a result of emergency conditions or inclement weather.  Work is frequently performed outdoors.  The position is subject to work outside traditional hours, emergency callout, and extended operating days.  The position occasionally involves working in a hazardous environment.  Some business travel is required.

Bid Request: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle

ADVERTISEMENT PROCURE AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING (ARFF) VEHICLE AIP NO. 3-30-0046-055-2019 GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT KALISPELL, MONTANA

Sealed bids for AIP No. 3-30-0046-055-2019, at Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, Montana, will be received by the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, Montana 59901, until 10:00 a.m., local time, on July 31, 2019, and then opened, read aloud and canvassed.

The work involved includes: Procure Aircraft Rescue And Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle. A complete set of Bidding Requirements and Contract Documents may be obtained on or after July 3, 2019 by emailing Jeff Campbell, JACOBS, at jeff.campbell@jacobs.com.

Each bid must be accompanied by a Certified Check or Cashier’s Check in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid, made payable to the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, or by Bid Bond in like amount executed by a Surety Company.

All bidders are advised that the right is reserved by the Sponsor to waive any informality in, or to reject any or all bids. Any questions must be submitted to Jeff Campbell, JACOBS, via email to jeff.campbell@jacobs.com. Questions are due by 10:00 a.m., July 19, 2019. Questions received after this time will not be accepted.

Behind the Scenes at GPIA: Meet Michael Hingiss

Every guest at Glacier Park International Airport is protected by layers of security measures and special protocols- most of which passengers never see in action. “There are a lot of complex regulations. It’s my job to help everyone understand those,” says Michael Hingiss, Airport Security Coordinator for Glacier Park International Airport. “I try to get all those complexities into the Reader’s Digest format for everyone so it makes sense.”

Michael ensures that safety programs and procedures meet federal guidelines, manages security contracts for GPIA, works closely with local agencies, and controls security clearances for airport vendors and staff. As Security Coordinator, he is responsible for the safety of nearly 600,000 trips through GPIA made by staff members, visitors, guests and vendors at the airport.

Well prepared to manage the security of an organization like GPIA, Michael has a background in emergency management and law enforcement. He was ready for the ever-changing nature of airport security. “Every day is something different,” he says. “From folks who work in the airport to all the different airlines, it’s a lot of changing needs based on the season, the events going on, even the time of day makes a difference in where I am and what I am doing.”

Even with the changing demands of his job, Michael does find that some things are far too common. “Bags left unattended- and bear spray in luggage,” he says with a smile. “It’s a small, friendly airport, so people might feel okay leaving their bags in a corner for a while, but we always want to encourage keeping your things with you. And we understand carrying bear spray in this part of Montana, but luckily you won’t need it once you are at the airport.”

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Michael and his wife- a Montana native herself- lived in central Montana. When opportunities arose in northwestern Montana, his family jumped at the chance to relocate. His first visit to Montana was on a high school trip via train, and he was inspired to come back years later. He encourages visitors to spend their time in the outdoors, in a kayak or in the Swan Valley. Michael recommends Ciao Mambo in Whitefish for dinner.

GO Outside with GPIA’s Newest Shop

This spring, Glacier Park International Airport can boast about an amenity you won’t find at most airports: a gear rental shop right next to baggage claim. The airport location carries a variety of gear that you might need for your visit: coolers, trekking poles, binoculars, jet boils, and fishing rods are included on the list.

If you’re planning a family vacation, Glacier Outfitters has everything you need to bring the kids on every adventure: tandem kayaks, baby backpack carriers, kids’ bikes, and more. Visitors can also book guided tours with Glacier Outfitters, getting back into areas you may not even know existed in the pristine setting of Glacier National Park.

But before Glacier Outfitters landed at GPIA, it was just a tent and trailer of paddleboards alongside U.S. Highway 2. Shelby Hampton wanted to rent bear spray to Glacier National Park visitors, and Dave Hampton wanted to provide paddleboards to the same crowd.

The popularity of Glacier Outfitters outgrew their roadside trailer quickly. Dave and Shelby found a homebase for their small business at Apgar Village, inside the West entrance of Glacier National Park. Glacier Outfitters continues to grow, launching another location inside Glacier Park International Airport.

Their motto is, “We get you going.” Arming visitors with more than just bear spray and kayaks, Glacier Outfitters has made education a central part of their business.

Shelby explains Glacier Outfitters as “an information shop that rents gear.” The Glacier Outfitters staff teaches renters how to use the gear – and how to appreciate the landscape that provides them with the opportunity to recreate.

They pride themselves on safety, and they have a tutorial for every piece of gear in the shop. “The most important part of bear spray rentals is the education piece. We teach bear awareness, which is a new concept to most of our renters.”

Glacier Outfitters keeps it local – from bear spray to yurts, from fly fishing flies to t-shirts designed and printed by local community members, the gear available at their shop is rooted in Montana tradition. Glacier Outfitters’ home is Glacier National Park, but they also promote other activities in the Flathead Valley. With their new location inside the airport, they will have the opportunity to expand their offerings to winter rentals.

Looking to rent gear or book an excursion? Shelby recommends booking in advance (especially during busy summer months).

Visit https://www.goglacieroutfitters.com/ to reserve gear or schedule an outing with the Glacier Outfitters team. For more information, give the shop a call at 406-219-7466. They’re happy to get you going! Find Glacier Outfitters in Glacier Park International Airport, across from baggage claim near Door 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

TSA PreCheck Event Returns to GPIA

Are you a frequent traveler looking to simplify airline travel? Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) is partnering with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring a TSA PreCheck (Pre✓®) enrollment event to Kalispell, MT. If you’ve seen the TSA PreCheck line and wondered how you can hop in (with your shoes on), we’ll tell you how.

TSA Pre✓® allows you get through security quicker in the PreCheck line. With the PreCheck designation, you are not required to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets – streamlining the screening process before takeoff. TSA operates dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at more than 200 airports – including GPIA – and 65 airlines participate in the program.

To apply for TSA Pre✓®, submit an online application and schedule an in-person appointment anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 – 10. Appointments will be held in the Heaven’s Peak room at the Country Inn & Suites in Kalispell, MT, located at 4150 U.S. Highway 2 East Kalispell, MT 59901.

Walk-ins are welcome, but will not be guaranteed time to speak with an enrollment agent. Those with appointments are given priority, so all are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the online registration link. While walk-ins will be accommodated, appointments are recommended.  Book now – only 250 appointments spots are available.

Make an appointment to sign up for TSA Pre✓® and you will be “flying” through GPIA security in no time.

If you have more specific questions about the Pre✓® program, check out this article: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/faq.

Make the Most of Your Connection: Explore Salt Lake

Every day, travelers fly out of Glacier Park International Airport and make connections through the bustling Salt Lake City Airport. Salt Lake City isn’t just a stopover, though. The city is a Western gem that blends a passion for the outdoors with a unique, underground flair. The city’s metro area is home to over 1 million people who reside against the backdrop of the majestic Wasatch Range.

Salt Lake City’s plethora of recreating opportunities — from world-class ski resorts to accessible trail networks — make this western metropolis a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located in northern Utah, Salt Lake City is a community driven by the outdoors with a vibrant cultural scene including standouts like the Clark Planetarium, the Gateway open-air shopping center and the Hogle Zoo.

Visitors can hit the slopes on one of the city’s seven ski resorts, all within a 45-minute drive of downtown. In warmer months, opportunities for hiking are practically endless with easily accessible trails located minutes from the city center.

Salt Lake’s nightlife scene is dominated by microbreweries — Squatters is a local favorite — and speakeasy bars like Bodega, known for their handcrafted cocktails. Those looking for a more upper-crust experience can take in an opera at the Capitol Theatre or a symphony at Abravanel Hall.

Easily accessible via Glacier Park International Airport, consider Salt Lake City for your next get away to discover new adventures, just a short flight away.

Headed to Salt Lake? Don’t miss…

1. Utah Olympic Park: The venue for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games offers bobsledding, ropes courses, rock climbing and more.

2. Temple Square: A historic square home to iconic buildings like the Salt Lake Temple and Salt Lake Tabernacle.

3. Bodega and the Rest: An iconic speakeasy bar and restaurant known for an eclectic menu and delicious cocktails.

Now Hiring: Firefighter

Position: Firefighter

Department: Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Work Location: Glacier Park International Airport/FMAA

Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2019, by 2:00 pm Mountain Time

Starting Pay: $20.00/hr (Under review for FY2020)

Job Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of the Fire Chief and other officers, this position fulfills the requirements as set forth in 49 U.S.C. Part 139 by performing airport operations duties, aircraft rescue and firefighting response, emergency medical treatment, and peripheral security.

Requirements:

Incumbent must be able to pass a federal background check and security threat assessment, have and maintain a valid driver license, pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening; be able to work nights, weekends, holidays, travel for training, and work overtime as required. Incumbent must also be willing to work overnight shifts, fill-in shifts, and be available on-call.

Candidates must be highly motivated to learn and perform Airport Operations duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to complete initial or recurrent Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting course, as applicable
  • 1.5 years ARFF or Airport Operations experience, or 3 years structural experience
  • Ability to obtain EMT license within 8 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current ARFF certification
  • Prior airport operations experience
  • Current EMT license
  • Certifications from AAAE, ACI-NA, or other airport industry certifications

Please apply online at https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/3zp67xdp7d?preview=true or submit a cover letter and resume to employment@glacierairport.com or 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901