Emergency Services

Saving Lives… That is what being a member of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol is all about…

Growing from its World War II experience, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Wilderness & Remote First Aid team responds to a simulated medical emergency

Urban Direction Finding to locate a simulated distress beacon

Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.  Outside the continental United States, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.  Just how effective are the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol missions?  Nearly 100 people are saved each year by members of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol.

Disaster Relief
Another important service the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol performs is disaster-relief operations.  The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network.  Our members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations.  The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the United States Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services
The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support
It’s hardly surprising that the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol performs several missions in direct support of the United States Air Force.  Specifically, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys.  The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol also provides orientation flights for cadets of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).  Joint United States Air Force and United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

Counterdrug
The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol joined the “war on drugs” in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol signed an agreement with the United States Air Force and United States Customs and Border Patrol Service offering United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.