Emergency Services Our emergency services legacy is one of tremendous pride to the organization
and to our members. Senior members and cadets have saved thousands of lives since CAP’s founding, and continue to save
about 80 lives per year. Cadets and senior members in CAP are able to participate in real life emergency services missions
under the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center as well as other local, state, and national organizations and agencies. CAP
members learn valuable field survival and searching skills. Through Emergency Services, CAP members save lives across the
country. CAP members undergo rigorous training to perform safe and cost effective missions, serving as pilots, communicators,
ground team members, and numerous other roles.
Search and Rescue (SAR) is what CAP became famous for after WW II. CAP performs over 90% of the
SAR missions conducted in the continental US (as tasked by the Air Force). Today,
because of advancements in technology, SAR accounts for about 15% of our real-world missions.
Disaster Relief (DR) is a growing portion of our missions encompassing both
air and ground operations. Typical tasks include: airlift of vital supplies and personnel, aerial damage assessment (including
live transmission of photos and video to government officials), ground damage assessment, evacuation and other tasks. Think
about any major disaster seen on television (9/11, Deepwater Horizon, Hurricane Sandy, etc) and chances are we have supported
the relief efforts.
Operations (CD) participation varies widely between wings but generally CAP
flies thousands of hours a year nationwide in the hunt for illegal drugs. Missions include reconnaissance of border and coastal
areas, reconnaissance of suspected areas of illegal crop growth and airlift of officials. CAP has no law enforcement authority
and does not participate in direct law enforcement activities.
Homeland Security (HLS) missions have grown dramatically in the past decade. Typical tasks include
reconnaissance of vital infrastructure (bridges, communication facilities, etc) and high-profile events (Olympics, national
political conventions, shuttle launches, the Super Bowl), practice intercepts (we enter restricted air space and are intercepted
by AF aircraft), US Navy ship escort and other activities.
CAP can also support local, state and federal government agencies. Missions are unique to each wing
and participation varies. Tasks include: fire watch (looking for forest fires), sundown patrol (looking for stranded boaters),
tracking endangered species, low level route reconnaissance (flying low level routes looking for obstructions), FAA equipment
testing (such as radar and communications range and alignment), simulated light aircraft attack on military bases and providing
a welcome home for troops.