Emergency Services

The U.S. Congress established Civil Air Patrol to encourage and aid citizens
in contributing to the public welfare and to provide aviation education and
training to its members and local communities. That charter outlined ambitions
to provide an organization of private citizens to assist in meeting local and
national emergencies. To that end, Civil Air Patrol established Emergency
Services as one of its three primary missions. Dedicated volunteers carry out
this mission in four areas:

  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Relief
  • Humanitarian Services
  • Counterdrug Operations

ES Announcements

  • Tips on prosecuting a 406MHz ELT search(NEW)
  • Training is now available for setting up and using the aircraft GPS (G-500, G-1000, Garmin 400W, KLN89b, and Apollo GX-60) for conducting expanding square, route, and grid searches.  Training (paper and video) is available hereAlso included are GPS simulators for the GTN-650, Garmin 400W, KLN89b and Apollo GX-60 GPS.  (NEW)
  • Operations Security Clearance is now mandatory for all members:  Operations Security Awareness Training
  • Ground Handling Training:  This training is for  everyone who regularly comes in contact with aircraft or supervises air  operations.  The aircraft ground handling training must be completed by 30 Sep  2009Read more here
  • Having trouble finding an ICS form for a mission or for training. Find it here.

FEMA/NIMS Courses Available on-line

Who should take what courses

Specialty ICS 100 ICS 200 ICS 300* ICS 400* ICS 700 ICS 800
Ground Team Member X X
Air Crew Member X X
Mission Staff X X X X X
Incident Commanders* X X X X X X

*Indicates this course is only offered as a residence course
**GES does not require NIMS training at this time

A complete list and detailed information about CAP’s NIMS requirements can be found here.