Emergency Services Officer
Second Lieutenant Al Brunetti
C/Amn Matthew Hurwitz
One of the most important tasks that the Civil Air Patrol handles is Emergency Services. Nationwide, CAP members have trained and qualified as ground team members and air crewmen and pilots for search and rescue and disaster relief missions.
Long Island Group is known particuarly for its specialization in emergency services. Throughout the year, Long Island Group participates in search and rescue exercises, offers training in radio equipment and protocols, and hosts a search and rescue academy. Additionally, on both the group and squadron level, courses on first aid, CPR, and the use of AEDs are also given.
From the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center:
"The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressional chartered, nonprofit organization of volunteers devoted to the development of aviation through education, cadet youth programs, and emergency services. As the official auxiliary of the Air Force, CAP willingly and effectively conducts approximately three-fourths of all aerial search activity in the inland area.
The Civil Air Patrol provides SAR mission coordinators, search aircraft, ground teams, personnel on alert status, and an extensive communications network. When these resources are engaged in a SAR mission they are reimbursed by the Air Force for communications expenses, fuel and oil, and a share of aircraft maintenance expenses. In addition, CAP members are covered by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) in the event of injury while participating in a SAR mission.
The AFRCC maintains an alert roster provided by the CAP wings in each of the states and the AFRCC is the central point of contact for CAP participation in SAR missions. The AFRCC also works closely with CAP national headquarters and directly provides inputs for CAP training in emergency services. The Civil Air Patrol is the AFRCC's prime air and ground resource in the inland area, especially for extended searches.
Without Civil Air Patrol's highly dedicated personnel, the United States Air Force would find it very difficult to fulfill it's mission responsibilities in the 48 Continental United States.
Civil Air Patrol is our 1st resource!"
For more information on Emergency Services, click here.
Click here to visit the National Emergency Services Academy.
Emergency Services Online Examinations
Members who are ready to take CAPT 116 Part 1 can click here.
The second part of this examination is now conducted by FEMA and must be done here (IS-100).
The above is what is required for your basic General Emergency Service qualification and to go on SAREX's (along with OPSEC Training). To go to the Search & Rescue Academy and become a Ground Team Member (whether through the academy or over the course of several SAREX's), you must take the following tests: IS-200, IS-700, IS-800, CAPT-117 Part 1
Additional training and emergency services materials can be found here.