Emergency Services

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Emergency Services

Emergency Services

"SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE"

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

There are several Emergency Services areas that the Civil Air Patrol covers. The principal categories include Search and Rescue missions, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Services, and Air Force Support. Others, such as Homeland Security and Counter-drug Operations, are becoming increasingly important.

 

Search and Rescue

Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 95 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Emergency Services

Disaster Assessment

CAP is particularly active in disaster relief operations, especially in hurricane-prone areas such as Florida, the Eastern Seaboard, and the Gulf Coast.

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Archer Emergency Services

In the last several years, CAP has taken on bigger roles in some of the nation’s largest catastrophic events. Providing aerial support and photography for many of our partner agencies. In addition, Civil Air Patrol makes extensive use of the Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance system (ARCHER), mounted on the Gippsland GA-8 Airvan. The system is able to evaluate spectral signatures given off by certain objects, providing a view and perspective never before seen by many of our partner agencies. As well, the CAP training program has adapted the FEMA National Incident Management System curriculum as part of our member qualifications allowing us to fully integrate when we’re needed.

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Archer Emergency Services

In May of 2013, the Oklahoma Wing undertook the first ever large scale, ground-based photo reconnaissance mission for FEMA following the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

CAP aircrews flew the Moore, Okla., tornado path to provide high-quality imagery to assess the damage, and ground teams went block by block, house by house to document the destruction. In total, more than 15,000 high resolution photographs were provided to FEMA in an effort to help their assessment process.

The Oklahoma Wing’s ingenious solution involved overlaying aerial photo tracks and Google Earth images from before the storms, thereby providing the CAP photographers with a GPS-aided grid map.

“The damage is difficult to see and process,” said Maj. Sam Ory, ground team leader for the initial response and commander of the Starbase Composite Squadron. “Before you get here and witness it, you really can’t imagine a storm causing this destruction.”

“More than 100 members from four wings are assisting with air and ground team efforts, and the number of requests is growing by the hour,” said Lt. Col. Russell Davis, wing vice commander and CAP’s incident commander for the Oklahoma tornado response.
 
“CAP’s unpaid professionals are ever vigilant, trained and ready to serve our fellow citizens when disaster strikes. Additional CAP volunteers from across the nation will join forces with us, as needed, to get the job done,” Davis said.
 
In 1995 communications was the wing’s critical contribution after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. With intentional curtailment of activity on local phone lines and cell towers to give emergency communications priority, wing members working out of the Emergency Operations Center provided communication links among ground emergency personnel as well as statewide connectivity.

In 2013, CAP officers and cadets from the Oklahoma Wing review a mosaic of pasted-together aerial images of the Moore tornado’s track to formulate a plan for photographing lots where homes had been located. Photo by Lt. Col. Kacy Harsha, Oklahoma Wing.

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Moore Tornado Emergency Services
Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Moore Tornado Emergency Services

In addition CAP supports operations that are unique in nature such as the "Deep Water Horizon" oil spill where CAP aircraft from all over the country converged to support USCG, and State requested missions. CAP took over 100,000 geosynchronous color pictures in order to track the movement of the oil spill directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC).

Disaster Relief

CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network.

Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard. Recently, several hundred members of the Oklahoma Wing supported the recovery efforts in Moore after their devastating tornado. Our organization had several hundred boots on the ground in the hours after the tornado struck.

CAP aircrews and ground personnel provide transportation for cargo and officials. Squadrons and Wings often donate manpower and leadership to local, state, and federal disaster relief organizations during times of need. In late 2004, several hurricanes hit the southeastern half of the United States, particularly Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. CAP was instrumental in providing help to areas that were hit.

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Emergency Services

Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Emergency Services
Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Tulsa Emergency Services

Humanitarian Services

CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support

It’s hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

In addition, the CAP fleet is used in training exercises to prepare USAF pilots to intercept enemy aircraft over the Continental United States. Civil Air Patrol aircraft are flown into restricted airspace, where Air Force F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots may practice high-speed intercepts.

Counter Drug

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.

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Aerospace Education
Presenting courses and learning opportunities to both our membership and our communities, the Aerospace Education program offers the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of aerospace. From the past to the future, physics to psychology, terrestrial to extraterrestrial, we explore the rich variety of knowledge and disciplines that drive the aerospace industry.

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Emergency Services
There are several Emergency Services areas that the Civil Air Patrol covers. The principal categories include Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Services, and Air Force Support. Others, such as Homeland Security and Counter-drug Operations, are becoming increasingly important.

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Cadet Programs
The cadet program is designed to provide youth ages 12-20 training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. Cadets receive training in these areas at their weekly squadron meetings as well as participating in local and wing level activities that occur throughout the year.

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Starbase Composite Squadron’s meetings
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