Florida Emergency Services
Academy (FLESA) held in Avon Park, FL, is
a one week search and rescue training program. Seventy CAP
members (45 cadets and 25 senior), from across Florida Wing instructed and trained in several search and rescue
specialties. Highly motivated
instructors trained four ground teams in search theory and fieldcraft from basic
to advanced skill levels using classroom “hands on” and field training techniques.
Expert and accomplished
flight instructors trained 7 aircrews in downed aircraft spotting, missing
persons’ searches, aerial photography, and damage assessment. Aircrews consist of the Mission Pilot, Mission
Observer, and back seat Mission Scanner/Photographer. Scanners
train for target acquisition, photographing targets, and accurately reporting critical
information. Occasionally aircrews
direct ground teams to the target.
Mission observers assist the pilot by navigating, communicating and
recording critical information. Mission Pilots ensure they are flying safely and
comply with air traffic control and staying within all the FAA guidelines. Frequently, CAP is asked to support search
and rescue operations for local, state, or other interagency organizations when
time is of the essence to save a life.