Emergency Services The primary mission objective of CAP emergency services is to save lives and relieve human suffering. Types of CAP emergency services operations include:
Search and Rescue (SAR) CAP SAR missions are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). CAP flies 86% of the air searches in the continental United States and in many states CAP is also involved in ground search and rescue operations. In 1995 CAP volunteers flew more than 2,200 missions, logging in 12,519 flying hours. During these missions, CAP members were credited with saving 108 lives.
Disaster Relief CAP supports disaster relief efforts around the United States with manpower, communications, material transport, damage assessment, and personnel transport.
Counterdrug CAP provides aircraft patrol/reconnaissance and communications support to drug enforcement police agencies around the country. In 1995, volunteers flew 5,289 missions, logging in 31,715 flying hours in support of the U.S. Customs Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and Department of Defense as well as other federal, state, and local agencies. The assistance of CAP volunteers in counterdrug interdiction resulted in the confiscation of assets estimated in excess of $3 billion.
Life Support CAP, in close coordination with the American Red Cross, provides ground and air transport of blood, tissue or organs, personnel transport, and communications. Over the past 12 years, CAP's organ transplant program has helped 4,595 people and saved 286 lives - 44 in 1995.
Civil Defense CAP supports civil defense agencies with communications, radiological monitoring and decontamination, damage assessment, and airlift.
Homeland Security With the advent of September 11, CAP has been requested by the Air Force to assist in their Homeland Security mission. This is still too new to provide any details and is still being worked out by the various agencies. It is interesting to note that immediately after the World Trade Center Disaster, only the military…. and Civil Air Patrol… airplanes were allowed to fly, while even the commercial airlines were grounded.