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Training and Qualifications

Use the links below to get started on or to progress your training and qualifications. Start with GES which is a pre-requisite. Cadets can then pursue specialities such as Ground Team, Mission Staff Assistant, Mission
Radio Operator, or Flight Marshaller. Seniors can qualify for Ground, Air, Mission Base specialities.
  1. General Emergency Services (GES) - Start Here for all ES Qualifications
  2. Ground Team - Cadets and Senior Members
  3. Air Crew - Cadets 18+ and Senior Members
  4. Mission Base Staff
  5. Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT)
  6. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Training

Virginia Search and Rescue Council

The Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is honored to serve as a Search and Rescue Organization that is an integral member of the Search and Rescue community serving the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VASARCO*

SMS Alert System

In addition to CAP email accounts Coastal utilizes an SMS based alerting system to send members alert notices. Receive Squadron messages and Emergency Services Alerts on Subscription information is available on the member SMS ALERT intranet page.

Weather Alerts

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Upcoming ES Training and Events:

2018
  • Jan 20-21: Mission Air Crew School - Wing HQ
  • Feb 16-18 and 23-25: Planning Section Chief Training - Wing HQ
  • Feb 24: Suffolk Fire and EMS SAREX
  • Feb 27-28: Branch Directors Course - Wing HQ
  • Mar 9-11 and Apr 20-22: Ground Search and Rescue College (GSAR) - Ft. Pickett
  • Mar 16-18 Group SAREX
  • Apr 27-29: Wing SAREX
  • May 3-11: Ardent Sentry / Vigilant Guard Disaster Response Exercise
  • May 19-20: Mt Fury Mountain Flying Clinic
  • June 1-3: Middle East Region SAR College (MERSAR) - Ft. Pickett
  • Aug 10-12: Group SAREX
  • Sept 8-9: Mission Air Crew School - Wing HQ
  • Sept 21-23: ICS 300 Class
  • Dec 15: Wreaths Across America Mission Support

Emergency Service Articles and Information

Mission Air Crew School

posted Sep 3, 2018, 9:25 AM by Richard Qualls

This weekend Group Air Crew Mission trainees will be honing their Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, and Mission Scanner skills across Virginia. Incident Command Posts with full ICS staff and communications will be stood up to conduct the training and full day of ES training sorties.

2018 Ground Search and Rescue College

posted Dec 10, 2017, 3:06 PM by Richard Qualls

The 2018 Ground Search and Rescue Academy will be held at Fort Pickett, VA on 9, 10, 11 March, and 20,21, 22 April 2018.  The GSAR Academy provides the required skills training for qualification in both Virginia and CAP search and rescue certifications, as well as additional course offerings.  By offering ground team training in an intense two-weekend format, members can become qualified in a short period of time.

Courses
The college will offer two Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) courses: Search Team Member (STM), and Search Team Leader (STL).

● STM: On successful completion, CAP members will be qualified as Ground Team Member 1 (GTM1) as long as the member has passed CAP Test 117 (General Emergency Services), completed Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT), and has qualified in First Aid. Additionally, graduates will receive a VDEM STM certification as long as they are 16 years or older.

● STL: On successful completion, CAP members will be qualified as Ground Team Leaders (GTL) as long as the member has completed STM training plus IS-200 and is 18 years or older. IS-200 training is available through FEMA at the following web address: http://training.fema.gov/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b. Graduates over 18 years old will also receive a VDEM STL certification.

● Standard First Aid training is available on the FRIDAY that the school begins (9 March).  You will need to arrive early. Registration for these classes will be forwarded cloer to the date of the Academy.

Participation Restrictions
Curry / Level 1. Cadets must have completed the Curry Achievement and Senior Members must have completed Level 1.

Age: 15 or older for STM. Cadets younger than 15 must have a parental note indicating they are comfortable with their cadet’s ability to handle serious issues that may be encountered during SAR operations including discussions on death, serious injury, and violence. Priority will be given to cadets over 15.

Cost: $50.00 for the class and $50.00 for food

Winter Season Preparedness

posted Nov 20, 2017, 5:57 AM by Richard Qualls

A reminder to check your 24/48 hour packs and flight gear to ensure you have the proper clothing, outerwear, and supplies for the cold season. Prior to any training or real-world activity make sure and check the weather forecast so that you are fully prepared.

ACTION REQUIRED: Hurricane Damage Assessment

posted Sep 28, 2017, 10:48 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

FEMA has requested that all available CAP members volunteer to help FEMA with interpretation of post-landfall imagery across Puerto Rico and the USVI, similar to what was performed for Hurricane Sandy.
 
CAP and NOAA images are being made available to our volunteers via the interface in imagery uploader Damage Review tool.
 
Instructions:
1) Review this PRESENTATION for instructions and the link (CAP Members Only)
2) Volunteers need only use the buttons on the user interface to drop points on damaged structures according to their perceived damage level (affected, minor, major, destroyed) or to assess general impact or no general impact. 
3) Take the time to carefully assess and mark up each image if there is damage
4) Log your participation here https://goo.gl/forms/seZBFnLnd7hjNDDs1


25th August Virginia Wing SAREX

posted Aug 7, 2017, 8:17 AM by Richard Qualls


There will be a Virginia Wing Wide Search and Rescue Exercise held the weekend of August 25th.
This is a Tier 1 Activity and all Emergency Services Qualified and Trainee Status personnel are requested to participate. This exercise will involve both air and ground operations throughout the weekend. Contact your Emergency Services Officer for more information.

Shenandoah National Park Interagency SAREX

posted Aug 7, 2017, 8:11 AM by Richard Qualls



It was a beautiful weekend at SNP where the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group held a full scale Interagency Search and Rescue Exercise. Search and Rescue volunteers including CAP Search Team members and leaders came together to work a complex mission scenario involving a simulated downed aircraft and a very real survivor that required extraction from the mountain. Semper Vigilans!

2017 Ground Search and Rescue Academy

posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:52 PM by Richard Qualls

The 2017 Ground Search and Rescue Academy will be held at Fort Pickett, VA on 17, 18, 19
March 2017, and 31 March,1, 2, April 2017.  GSAR Academy provides the required skills training for qualification in both Virginia and CAP search and rescue certifications, as well as additional course offerings, if they have met the pre-requites. The college will offer two Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) courses: Search Team Member (STM), and Search Team Leader (STL)

24-26 February 2017 SAREX

posted Dec 3, 2016, 7:13 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Dec 3, 2016, 7:19 AM ]



The first Search and Rescue Exercise for 2017 will be the Virginia Wing Wide SAREX. This training rotation will be an all-hands event involving Mission Base Staff, Air Operations, and Ground Team tasking. Trainees should work on completing Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR) Fundamentals & Principals Tasks prior to the event. Contact your local Senior or Cadet Emergency Services Officer for more information. 

July 30th Mini SAREX @ Military Aviation Museum

posted Jul 6, 2016, 3:40 PM by Richard Qualls

Coastal Composite Squadron is hosting a Mini SAREX at the American Military Museum in Pungo. This training will include Mission Base Staff, Ground Team and GTL training. There will also be a couple of Air Sorties with the mission. Mission Number is 16-T-5579.

15-17 July SAREX

posted May 29, 2016, 7:19 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated May 29, 2016, 7:36 AM ]


VAWG is hosting a Wing Wide SAREX which will include members from all across the Virginia Emergency Services community. CAP is hosting a Search and Rescue Exercise in July 2016. CAP along with the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team  will be hosting this event for all SAR groups in VA and some of our neighboring wings!  Needless to say, this is not an event you will want to miss.  The event will have a number of ground and airborne scenarios, however the main ground initiative will be in Amelia, VA. Emergency Services resources will include: Incident Command, Communications, Ground Teams, Airborne Assets, Canine and Equestrian Teams. Scenarios will run continuously throughout the weekend.

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