60 Civil Air Patrol members to attend search and rescue training exercise
AUBURN — On Saturday and Sunday, the California Wing of Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, will conduct an air and ground search and rescue exercise based out of the Auburn Airport, hosted by the Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron 92.
The weekend will focus on training for approximately 60 CAP members attending from across Northern California.
Capt. Peter Tinsey, the project officer for the exercise, said the goal for this weekend is to provide an “advanced skills SAREX focusing on mountain-based searching by both aircraft and ground search teams. The teams will utilize four aircraft and three ground vehicles using numerous search techniques. This exercise is used to expand and reinforce already learned skills in mountain search and rescue.”
This is just one type of emergency services training provided by CAP to volunteers throughout the year.
Exercise participants will be tasked with different training scenarios, including advanced search techniques and coordination between search teams in the air and on the ground. The ground search teams will bivouac, or remain overnight, in the Sierra foothills as a part of the training exercise that simulates the real life scenario when a mission is carried out over more than one day.
In addition to search teams in the field, additional members will be training in search management techniques at the mission base in Auburn.
“Without the base staff support, we would not be able to effectively and safely operate any search,” said Incident Commander Maj. Jim Anthony.
Members will train in various base staff positions, including search planning, radio operations, logistics, finance and operational resource management.
Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, was formed in 1941 by a congressional charter. CAP is a volunteer nonprofit organization that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The members of CAP are composed of adults (senior members) and teens (cadets). Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
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