Emergency Services

Emergency Services
Civil Air Patrol's operations, defined by CAP's Congressionally chartered mission of emergency services, include air and ground search and rescue, disaster relief, counter drug operations and an increasing role in homeland security. 

Our members fly more than 90 percent of the inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, Fla. Civil Air Patrol flew more than 3,000 search and rescue missions and was credited with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. And we do it all at great savings to the taxpayer, flying more cost-efficient aircraft with professionally trained volunteer crews at a rate of about $130 per hour!

CAP assists the U.S. Customs Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Forest Service in their counter drug efforts. In 2005, CAP aircrews flew more than 12,000 hours in support of the nation's war on drugs and were credited with contributing to the confiscation of more than $400 million of illegal drugs.

CAP aircraft fly non-combat homeland security missions such as observance of critical infrastructure, airborne communications relay, and airlift of critical cargo. These missions are flown under the authority of the U.S. Northern Command, the joint command responsible for the continental United States. CAP receives tasking from the air component of Northern Command, which is First Air Force, also headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base. Our aircrews also provide impact assessment, light transport, communications support and low-level route surveys for the Air Force.

Our Middle Name Is 'Air,' But ...

The flying missions are only half the story. 

We have the nation's most extensive radio communications network, using HF and VHF stations from fixed, mobile and aerial locations. 

We have ground teams trained in search and rescue in all terrain and locations. We have transportation capabilities for training and mission support, including more than 1,100 vehicles. And we provide disaster relief support to local, state and national organizations.

Florida Wing members are no stranger to providing disaster relief support. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, we served at numerous locations across the region. More than 1,500 CAP members volunteered to provide support ranging from aircraft missions such as search and rescue, transportation of critical personnel and supplies, and aerial imagery of flood damaged areas for civil authorities to ground team missions such as house to house searching of neighborhoods and passing out emergency supplies. In total, CAP flew nearly 1,000 aircraft missions in support of the hurricane relief efforts.

FEMA Courses - National Incident Management System (NIMS) 

EMI works in collaboration with the whole community to provide training in support of the NIMS Training Program. The Preparedness Branch coordinates EMI’s NIMS training efforts with the National Integration Center (NIC) to integrate NIMS doctrine and training with whole community needs.

NIMS and NIMS training program information is detailed at https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system

NIMS online course certificate contact Independent.Study@fema.dhs.gov

NIMS resident course certificate contact netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov

Frequently Asked Course and Training Questions

NIMS Core Curriculum Courses are comprised of ICS, NIMS, and All-Hazards Position Specific (AHPS) courses detailed below:

ICS and NIMS Courses


Skills Evaluator Training (SET) 

CAPR 60-3 states: Evaluators who are current and qualified supervisors as outlined on the NHQ CAP/DOS website must complete the current emergency services Skills Evaluator Training (SET) also outlined on the NHQ CAP/DOS website. SET will be reflected on the CAPF 101 with "NO EXPIRE”. The member must also have held the specialty achievement qualification in which they are to evaluate for at least one year. Exceptions to the one year requirement can be approved by the wing commander or their designees in cases where the member’s professional background meets the experience criteria. Evaluators must also be approved by their unit commander, group commander (if applicable) and wing commander or their designees to serve in each specialty they are authorized to evaluate.
The purpose of SET is to provide standard guidance and education for personnel that will conduct and certify emergency services training throughout CAP.  It is critical that all personnel are provided the same core training for interoperability day to day.  CAP is being asked to support more and more missions where resources are being drawn from across the country.  As we bring personnel in potentially from far away places they need to be able to seamlessly be plugged in to the local operations.  By providing and evaluating training in a similar fashion across the country, CAP personnel are better prepared to work together during critical operations.  SET also provides tips and techniques for new evaluators so that they can benefit from the experience of other evaluators before them.The current SET is available on-line at: https://tests.capnhq.gov/ops/tests/default.cfm?grp=dos.  Completion of this training online is automatically loaded to Ops Quals online.