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Emergency Services

Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of the Civil Air Patrol perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these true patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland. The Cape Fear Composite Squadron's emergency services response consists of Search and Rescue Ground Teams, Urban Direction Finding, Aviation Search & Rescue, and much more. The squadron has multiple teams of senior members and cadets qualified in Ground Team and UDF. In addition, the squadron has some senior members qualified as Mission Scanner and Mission Observer. We respond, through orders of the Wing, to participate in Search & Rescue Operations statewide.

The use of qualified CAP cadets is encouraged as much as possible on appropriate missions and with the permission of their parents or guardians. Cadets will be trained in the various functions of mission operations and support as permitted. Cadets qualify no differently than adult members in emergency services qualifications and should expect to be properly utilized in order to be of service to our community, state, and nation. In addition to emergency services training, cadets are encouraged to attend Ranger training at Hawk Mountain for further knowledge and specialized training. Qualified CAP Rangers are expected to return to their home units after their training, with the skills necessary to build their unit’s ES programs, teach fellow team members, and lead those teams in the field in the most challenging, protracted, and austere search environments. More information about Ranger training can be found at

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