​​​​​BETHESDA-CHEVY  CHASE  COMPOSITE  SQUADRON 

Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

Emergency Services- Training Opportunities

Cadets and Senior Members have the opportunity to receive training in a variety of Emergency Services capacities including Ground Team, Mission Aircrew, Mission Support Staff, etc. 

Our Ground Search and Rescue Team has participated in a number of high profile missions throughout its history. Its most recent find was deactivation of an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) at Montgomery Airpark July 2015. Now, in conjunction with training opportunities received outside of the Squadron, our Emergency Services Personnel are trained and ready to respond to various types of missions in support of local, state and national emergency services efforts.

Regular training takes places monthly at the squadron meeting and on weekends in order to maintain mission readiness and task proficiency.


Training Opportunities


Squadron Level: Emergency Services (ES) Training is offered at our squadron meetings every second Thursday of each month during second half. Additionally, members can receive ES training during our biannual Triple-Play Weekends which are weekend long squadron campouts with activities encompassing each of CAP's 3 missions to include ES. ES training weekends are also held to provide members with the opportunity to practice their skills in the field during practical exercises/scenarios.  


Wing Level: Maryland Wing regularly hosts Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREXs) during which members can receive ES training and/or refresh their training. During a SAREX, ground teams receive "taskings" for simulated scenarios such as a missing person, missing aircraft, or disaster relief, and are expected to respond just as they would if it were a real world situation. 


Maryland Wing also runs the Ground Operations Academy each month allowing members to receive the neccesary training and practical exercises required to earn their ratings.  This training academy falls under the Maryland Pathfinders Program. 


Region Level: Annually, Middle East Region hosts the Middle East Region Search and Rescue (MER SAR) College at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Typically held in Spring, MER SAR College is an intensive weekend long event featuring a wide variety of courses that members can choose from to include: Ground Team Basic Course (GTM 3), Ground Team Advanced Course (GTM 2), Ground Team Leader Course (GTL), Incident Commander Course, Mission Scanner Trainee/Advanced Courses, Mission Observer Trainee/Advanced Courses, Mission Pilot Trainee/Advanced Courses, Aerial Photography Course, Flight Line Marshaller Course. Over the course of the weekend, members receive all the training they need to receive a qualification in the course they attend. More information about MER SAR College can be found here: http://mersar.com/.


National Level​: There are number of National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs) which focus on Emergency Services- National Emergency Services Academy (NESA), Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School, and Lonestar Emergency Services Academy South.  Information about each is below. 


National Emergency Services Academy (NESA): National Emergency Services Academy takes place at Camp Atterbury, Indiana during the summer. Minimum age to attend is 13. Founded in 1996, NESA has 3 schools- Ground Search and Rescue School, Mission Aircrew School, and Incident Command System School-  each of which offer a number of courses. Visit their website to learn more: http://nesa.cap.gov/ 


Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School: This activity takes place in Kempton, Pennsylvania during the summer. The curriculum includes but is not limited to: navigation, search techniques & equipment, communication skills, woodsmanship, campsite selection and equipment, first aid, patient evacuation, specialized equipment, health & nutrition, and survival skills. Visit their website to learn more: http://www.capranger.org/


Lonestar Emergency Services Academy South: This activity takes place in Brownsville, Texas during the Winter (December). It is operated by the Brownsville Composite Squadron. Minimum age to attend is 14. It offers a week of intensive training that prepares members for participation in CAP Emergency Services and allows cadets to work with non-CAP emergency management professionals with an eye toward career preparation. Visit their website to learn more: http://capbrownsville.com/lesa.html