Emergency Services

Search and Rescue, Civil Defense, Homeland Security, Disaster Relief, Pictorial Recon

This is perhaps CAP's best-known activity, at least in the public eye. It entails air and ground search and rescue, local disaster relief, homeland security, passive counter-drug activity, as well as cooperation with and assistance to other emergency services agencies. CAP members fly 80% of all the hours flown on search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). The AFRCC coordinates search and rescue efforts within the inland search and rescue region (48 contiguous states). 

Union County Composite Squadron 234 is looking for those who are age 12 and older who would like to be a part of Serving the Community in a time of need.    If you'd like to participate, contact the unit soon!  You don't have to have any background in Emergency Services, we'll train you!   You don't need to be a pilot, but it's OK if you are.  We're in the air AND on the ground.   

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Emergency Services


Search & Rescue Scenario:

 On a mid-summer's day, a ground team was deployed on a Search and Rescue mission.   An elderly lady had wondered off and the family could not find her.    The local authorities began the search but after several unfruitful hours, called in CAP.  

Upon arrival, the Ground Team Leader (GTL) met with officials to determine what had been done so far.  After gathering the needed information, the GTL returned to the Ground Team (GT).  A Plan of Action (POC) was implemented and the team began it's search.   

The GT was divided into two flights.  One took the edge of a field lined with trees and started a perimeter search.  The other started a line search of the field.   The field was over grown with very tall grass (6-7 feet high), so the search was very difficult.   One of  the GT's came upon an animal path in the grass.  After calling in and informing the GTL, the Ground Team Member (GTM) was instructed to follow the animal path for a short distance (100 yards) ahead of the line search GTM's.   Winding his way down the narrow path he called out the lady's name.   But hearing nothing, he continued on.     The path suddenly took a sharp turn to the right, then  back to the left and as the GTM made the last turn, sitting there on the ground was the missing lady.   She looked up at the GTM and said, "Will you take me home?"   The GTM called in the find, picked the lady up in his arms and carried her back to the road where the EMT's took over.  It was a great day!   Oh and it only took CAP 1/2 hour to find the lady after their arrival on the scene.    CAP certainly has it's rewards.   

Wouldn't you like to experience the gratitude of victims, family members, and friends of those in need of help?   Contact the Unit SOON !