Director of Emergency Services
Lt Col Sean McClanahan, CAP

Assistant Directors of Emergency Services
Lt Col Brian Schmidt
Maj JJ Farnan (New Castle County ES Coordinator)
2d Lt Thomas Stoltz (Sussex County ES Coordinator)

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the areas of Emergency Services. Most of this is done in CAP's role as the United States Air Force Auxiliary as Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) under Title 10, but CAP also provides assistance to state and local authorities under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding separately or prior to a defined Federal interest under Title 36. In order to effectively conduct these missions, members train in specific qualifications to provide operational support in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Emergency Services (ES) and Homeland Security (HLS)
Delaware Wing Emergency Services includes assisting Delaware State Police in the search for missing or overdue aircraft as well as the prosecuting of emergency distress beacons as reported by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC).  On certain occasions, CAP is requested to assist the USCG to locate and silence EPIRBs on land which have been inadvertently activated. Delaware Wing CAP conducts monthly training in the qualifications of Incident Command Staff, Ground Team, and Air Crew Search And Rescue (SAR) qualifications.

Counter Drug (CD)
Delaware Wing CAP performs CD missions in accordance with public law, implementing DoD and Air Force policies, directives, and instructions. This is done through national agreements with federal law enforcement agencies in collaboration with state law enforcement officials. The sensitivity of counter drug operations requires that CAP provide appropriate supervision, control and oversight at every level.  Participants in the CAP CD program must meet the requirements as set forth by CAP National Headquarters, which includes a minimum of two years membership, former law enforcement or military experience, and a background check.

Delaware Wing Civil Air Patrol flies daily missions in New Castle County in support of the Traffic Management Center (TMC) of the Delaware Department of
Transportation (DelDOT). Crews provide an "eye in the sky" to assist with infrastructure coordination and traffic and safety coordination, and have a direct radio link back to TMC to report their findings. During summer months and special events in the state, this mission is expanded into the beach areas, and upon request from DelDOT, will fly for special events as well. While not necessarily an "ES" mission, aircrews provide an extra layer of observation over the state while they are performing their mission for DelDOT. Major traffic arteries are monitored, and any other targets of interest in the area are also observed during these flights.

Homeland Security
The Civil Air Patrol is a resource for state and federal agencies to support homeland security missions and activities. These missions are necessarily approved and conducted with U.S. Air Force oversight with careful consideration for operational security. Delaware Wing aircrews have participated in support of a papal visit to the US and post disaster aerial photography. Garmin VIRB, cameras, which mount to the wingtip of CAP aircraft, allow for high definition photography in support of our homeland security missions and customers. DAART capabilities allow CAP to stream live video directly to a portal allowing our customers to see what we see in real time.

Communication Capabilities   
The Civil Air Patrol has highly trained communications personnel to aid in the various ES missions CAP may be asked to undertake. These services include, but are not limited to, homeland security, counter drug missions, search and rescue operations, and disaster relief efforts. All CAP radios are programmed specifically so that CAP may coordinate operations between aircraft, ground teams, and local, state or federal authorities. By using a combination of direct frequencies and repeaters, CAP is able to communicate effectively over great distances. When necessary, we also have the ability to communicate directly with our partners at the state and local level, using radios that have access to the statewide 800 MHz radio system. This allows us to interact quickly and efficiently with our partner agencies.

Imaging Capabilities
CAP has the ability to provide still imaging to our customers through the use of traditional cameras as well as Garmin's VIRB technology. In addition, CAP is developing the ability to stream live video images directly to our customers through the use of DAART technology. In Delaware, we are typically asked to provide imaging of coastlines and key infrastructure items or locations and other points of interest.

Critical Incident Stress Management ("CISM")
CISM is a formal, highly structured, and professionally recognized process for helping those involved in a critical incident to share their experiences, vent emotions, learn about stress reactions and symptoms and given referral for further help if required.  It is not psychotherapy.  It is a confidential, voluntary and educative process, sometimes called 'psychological first aid'. It was first developed for use with military combat veterans and then civilian first responders (police, fire, ambulance, etc.), and it has now been adapted and used virtually everywhere there is a need to address traumatic impact in peoples' lives. CAP has trained members who can implement and assist with this process, both within the organization and as a partner to our affiliated Federal, state, and local agencies.

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems ("sUAS")

Delaware is one of the pioneering Wings in the new CAP program of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems ("sUAS," aka "Drones"). The Civil Air Patrol is now the largest organization worldwide deploying sUAS with over 1300 registered unmanned aircraft which are being deployed to multiple Wings. The initial missions are post-disaster mapping when manned aircraft cannot fly due to weather or airspace restrictions.

DEWg pioneered the use of Fixed Wing sUAS and as a result we have been assigned 3 fixed-wing and 7 rotary-wing drones.  We are working on training at least 10 two-person sUAS crews for deployment when requested by our state or Federal partners.

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