Civil Air Patrol Emergency Services

Director of Emergency Services
Lt Col Brian Schmidt, CAP

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the areas of Emergency Services (Search And Rescue (SAR), Disaster Relief (DR), Counterdrug (CD), and Homeland Security (HLS). 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 e-Pirbs 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 counterdrug 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 including minimum of two years membership and background check.

Standardization and Evaluation (Stan/Eval)
CAP flight management is achieved through a safe, effective, efficient, and standardized guidance to those who fly in the Civil Air Patrol. All pilots must complete a CAP Form 5 Check ride annually to demonstrate ability and proficiency in accordance with specific criteria developed to emulate the requirements of an FAA bi-enniel flight review.  Flight in CAP includes operational risk management techniques as well as defined regulations and limitations all either equal to or more restrictive than FAA regulations. 

Delaware Wing Civil Air Patrol fly’s daily aerial missions in New Castle County in support of the Traffic Management Center of the Delaware Department of
Transportation (DELDOT). Crews provide an eye in the sky to assist with infrastructure coordination and traffic and safety coordination. During summer months and special events in the state, this mission is expanded into the beach areas as well as special event airspace.

Aircraft Maintenance 
The goals of the Aircraft Maintenance function are to provide a well maintained fleet for safe flight while attending to regulatory maintenance schedules in accordance with FAA regulations.  Aircraft Maintenance is carefully administered through the centralized maintenance program which calls for major repairs, routine inspections, and other maintenance issues be performed by a primary service facility approved and authorized by CAP National Headquarters. Aircraft discrepancies and time dependent service such as oil changes and 100 hour inspections are tracked on-line and can be referenced by any qualified CAP pilot intending to schedule a particular aircraft for flight.

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. Recently, Delaware Wing aircrews participated in support of the papal visit and post disaster aerial photography. The recent addition of the 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.

Communication Capabilities   
The Civil Air Patrol has highly trained communications personnel to aid in the various missions CAP may be asked to undertake. These services include, but are not limited to, Homeland Security, Counter Drug Missions, Fire watch patrols, Search and Rescue operations, and Disaster Relief efforts. All CAP radios are programmed specifically so that CAP may coordinate between Aircraft, CAP 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. 

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