Teton Interagency Helitack was recently awarded the 2020 National Park Service Tom Clausing All-Risk Program Award, along with the Jenny Lake Rangers. This national award recognizes work and interaction with others while rendering all-risk services, promotes innovation and professionalism and advances aviation all-risk programs.
Mike Bentley, Travis Nichols, and pilot Zaron Welch were recognized for their risk-management leadership and actions during incidents this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals displayed excellent professionalism and risk-management decision making while rendering aid: ensuring both patients and crew were protected from the virus.
“Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest staff have a long tradition of providing excellent all-hazard support to the public and employees. Since the inception of the interagency program, the pilots and crewmembers have assisted dozens of people. Their dedication, knowledge and skills will continue to help those in need,” said National Park Service Branch Chief for Aviation John Buehler.