Sarasota, Fla. -
From October 13-15, cadets from the SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), joined by cadets from Florida Wing Groups 3 and 5, participated in a search and rescue training bivouac at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
While the bivouac served as an introduction to emergency services for first-time cadets to work on the Ground Team Member, Level 3 qualification, several more experienced cadets attended the bivouac to gain additional experience in emergency services.
Cadet/Technical Sargent Adrian Ryan Taylor said, "I really enjoyed instructing the younger generation of cadet's who will soon take my place. I also enjoyed helping the cadet's work towards their ground team qualifications."
After welcome speeches and a safety briefing, cadets learned about preventing and treating hot and cold weather injuries and how to conduct field sanitation.
On Saturday, cadets divided into two flights. One flight learned how to search for a missing person by using a wedge formation in a wooded area. The other flight headed for an open field to learn how to conduct a standard search line and a delayed start search line. The two groups switched places to become fully trained in the different types of search lines. Next, cadets learned how to locate a distress signal from a practice beacon and how to work with soft litter and standard medical grade hard litter carriers.
On Sunday, cadets put their training to work with two search and rescue practice missions. One mission had the cadets searching for a missing person in the woods. The other focused on locating a distress beacon and attending to crash scene victims, ultimately moving them to safety.
"I thought the most useful portion of the training that weekend was when the cadets had to extract a victim from a location with harsh terrain, when they got to put their training to use," Taylor said.
In addition to providing training for actual emergency situations, cadet events such as this build strong friendships and create unforgettable memories for cadets.
Through CAP's cadet program, cadets have the opportunity to experience survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy, model rocketry and more. Each year, cadets participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets have the opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 96 members: 59 senior members and 37 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting Americaís educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit http://fl044.flwg.us
Cadets prepare for search and rescue mission. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ann Marie Kozloski, CAP)