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Emergency Services Team Demonstrates Skills

posted Aug 24, 2017, 6:23 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 11:26 AM ]

MANASSASS, VA “There's a place for you in our emergency services team,” wrote Lt. Col. Tim Day, squadron commander, in his invitation to this week's meeting of the Prince William Composite Squadron where rotating groups of cadets and senior members participated in a variety of "tell, show, and do" exercises all involved in emergency services provided by this unit.

From communications, radio beacon finding, litter transport, rapid removal of injured persons to knot-tying, participants had an opportunity to experience hands-on the sometimes complex skills needed to carry out the emergency missions of the unit.  The orientation was in a non-competitive but fun environment allowing time the members to choose their next areas of skill to be learned.

In addition to briefs about specific emergency services the program provided physical activity.  Popular was a rapid movement of a person from a dangerous situation scenario where cadets placed a “volunteer” victim on a tarp and moved him while he held an egg to emphasize the care required despite the nature of the simulated emergency. Another station emphasized the team work required to move a stretcher-born person from a difficult location.  Team members had to work in concert and receive each other as the drill progressed.

A section of the program demonstrated the aircrew possibilities including Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, and Mission Pilot positions.  The training available to members was also presented. Emergency services and cadet programs are two arms of the Civil Air Patrol’s mission. The remaining mission is aerospace education.

Members featured, left to right: SM Dave Lebo, C/MSgt. Paiten Frady, C/1st. Lt. Jesse Coombs, Lt. Col. Tim Day, C/A1C. Ben Kim, C/TSgt. Priscilla Hatfield, and C/1st. Lt. Tony de Souza.

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Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, since 1941, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,500 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years.