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Emergency Services Program

Emergency Services is one of the three missions identified in the Civil Air Patrol Charter.

The Emergency Services Program includes Disaster Services or Relief, and now includes Homeland Security asssignments, as well as our historical mission of Search and Rescue.

Each year Civil Air Patrol conducts between 85 and 95 percent of the SAR missions identified by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), which is located at Tyndall AFB, FL. In North Carolina, CAP averages between 55 and 70 missions each year, searching for missing aircraft, emergency beacons (ELTs, EPIRBs), missing persons and boaters in distress.

Members train in any of several specialities from Mission Pilot, through Communications, to Ground Teams and Urban Direction Finding Teams. Often members will cross train and become qualified in several areas. While participation in airborne SAR is limited to senior members and cadets 18 years old or older, all cadets are encouraged to become involved in the ground-based portions of our Search and Rescue team and communications network.

CAP Emergency Services operates using the Incident Command System. This system, utilized by most emergency responce organizations in the United States, allows CAP to participate with other organizations and fit into the same type of command and control structure. Members can become, and in many cases, required to be trained in the various levels of command in the ICS system.

The Goal of Emergency Services is to train our members to save lives and be a productive part of our community's emergency response system.