Wright
          Brothers 282nd Aero Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol

EMERGENCY SERVICES

The Civil Air Patrol provides a variety of operations that are important to the modern world in which we live. Civil Air Patrol's Emergency Services include air and ground search and rescue, disaster assessment and relief, civil defense, as well as cooperation with and assistance to other emergency services agencies. The primary mission is to save lives and relieve human suffering. The Wright Brothers 282nd Aero Composite Squadron is capable of responding to missions throughout southwestern Ohio. Typical missions include the following:

Search and Rescue (SAR) - Coordination of Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue missions is performed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). By FAA regulation, all registered civilian aircraft must have an ELT onboard. An ELT is a radio transmitter that is activated by the shock of an impact such as an aircraft crash. Many of the ELT searches that CAP members are activated on (95%) end up as a non-distress calls, but all are handled as if there were lives hanging in the balance. When pilots fail to close their flight plan, the FAA declares that aircraft overdue and may activate the Civil Air Patrol to begin searching for the aircraft.

Direction FindingCivil Air Patrol members are trained to accomplish Emergency Services missions with speed and efficiency and without compromising the safety of the members themselves. A search and rescue mission is always a serious and critical task that requires good organization and safety. Operational missions require several specialty qualifications that CAP personnel can choose to train for including Administration, Safety, Communications, Air Operations, and Ground Operations. Cadet members are invited and encouraged to participate in most missions, where appropriate and permitted by regulation.

Disaster Relief (DR) - Civil Air Patrol has agreements with several disaster relief agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. CAP disaster relief missions may include disaster assessment, courier and light cargo transport, manual labor for debris removal, air and ground transport for cargo and key personnel, and mercy missions such as blood, organ, and patient transport.

Homeland Security - The Civil Air Patrol provides an invaluable resource to the nation's Homeland Security initiative. Many CAP aircraft have been equipped with digital imaging technology as well as aerial video capabilities that allow those on the ground to view and evaluate an image instantly. In the event of a terrorist attack on our nation, Civil Air Patrol members can provide authorities with timely, accurate information regarding the exact location and severity of impact to the affected area.Search and Rescue
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Communications - The Civil Air Patrol owns and operates one of the largest national networks designed for emergency radio communication. Operated by volunteer members of the organization, this system is often called upon to relay mission critical messages in and out of disaster areas. All aircraft and vehicles owned by the Civil Air Patrol are equipped with the appropriate radios to access this system.

Counterdrug Operations - The Civil Air Patrol actively promotes a drug-free America. Through education about the effects of dangerous drugs, members work to reduce the demand for narcotics in our communities. CAP also provides transportation for law enforcement as they identify areas that may be potentially used for producing narcotics. CAP members are never involved in suspect confrontation or any law enforcement activities.

 

 

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