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    OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS

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    LINKS TO ES DOWNLOADS AND ONLINE RESOURCES
    USEFUL ADDRESSES
     

    CIVIL AIR PATROL & USAF/DoD WEBSITES

  • http://www.capnhq.gov/ Civil Air Patrol Homepage.
     
  • http://www.cawg.cap.gov/html/operations/ES.htm A very good grouping of ES Materials, including hard-to-find aircrew training documents, via the California Wing site.
     
  • http://www2.acc.af.mil/afrcc/ Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley AFB, VA (ACC)
     
  • http://www2.acc.af.mil/afrcc/nss/ The National Search and Rescue School Page
     
  • http://wwwmil.acc.af.mil/jrca/index.html The Joint Combat Rescue Agency (Note: sorry, but this site is accessible from .mil systems only)
     
  • http://www.jpra.jfcom.mil/ JPRA.   Similar to JCRA.
     
  • http://www.amwc.af.mil/cads/sere/ Survival, evasion, resistance and escape.   This is a USAF rescue site.
     
  • http://users.adelphia.net/~capt1295/capt1295/crockettsar/ 'Crocket SAR,' A good CAP ES site.
     
  • http://www.thehock.com/"   The Hock Shop is ONLINE!   Super fast service for uniform parts & supplies.
     
  • http://www.homestead.com/ngsar/home.html The National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) provides standardized training for CAP members from all over the country.
     
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    USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS


    CAP Emergency Services Phone Numbers:
    CAP HQ ES/CD/DDR: (334) 953-4220       CAP Operations FaxBack: (334) 953-2599
    AFRCC Missions Only: (800) 851-3051       AFRCC Admin: (804) 764-8117

    Other CAP Phone Numbers:
    CAP Aerospace Education & Training: (334) 953-5095
    CAP Cadet Programs: (334) 953-4238
    CAP Bookstore: (800) 633-8768       CAP Supply Depot: (800) 858-4370
    Membership Services: (334) 953-7748       Marketing/Recruiting Request Fax: (334) 953-4245

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    ELT/EPIRB LINKS


     
  • http://www.ltronics.com L-Tronics: the manufacturer of the venerable line of Direction Finding equipment commonly in use by CAP nationwide.  
     
  • http://www.beckerusa.com Becker Avionics makes the SAR DF-517, a doppler-based DF unit becoming very popular in Civil Air Patrol aircraft.  
     
  • http://www.trackerradio.com/ Another brand of direction finders is the Tracker.  
     
  • http://members.aol.com/homingin/THRDFSinfo.html For in depth direction finding information, buy a copy of "Transmitter Hunting: Radio Direction Finding Simplified." It is widely considered "the bible" for DF.  
     
  • Ham radio operators have been direction finding for quite some time.   For some CAP relevant information, check out Other DF topics , Ground Team Info and ELT Info.
     
  • http://www.avionix.com/elt.html An interesting informational site about ELTs.  
     
  • http://www.acrelectronics.com ACR, a leading manufacturer of ELTs and other survival electronics.   They have also recently released their own direction finder.
     
  • http://www.rcc-net.org/rcc/rddocs/gpsep/index.htm Integration of a Global Positioning System Receiver in an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (academic paper & info)
     
  • http://hereford.ampr.org/history/90prc.html#_Toc444343390 Very detailed information on the PRC-90 UHF survivor radio.
     
  • http://www.hamtronics.com/r121.htm Hamtronics R121 aviation receiver that can be used as an ELT detector at your home airport.
     
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    OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS

  • http://home.columbus.rr.com/lusch Check out this site for NTAP information.   This site is put together by an ATC controller with very similar interests to ours in CAP.
     
  • http://firescope.oes.ca.gov/ The California Firescope partnership (the event that started the Incident Command System) has most ICS forms online.   The Firescope home page and other wildfire management web sites may also be good templates to look at for how CAP can deal with real time mission data and information on multiple jurisdiction missions.
  • http://www.icisf.org/ The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.   CISM is necessary for ES personnel.  
     
  • http://www.casara.ca/ Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA, Canada)
     
  • http://www.cgaux.org/ US Coast Guard Auxiliary, a similarly organized organization with some similar missions
     
  • http://www.fema.gov/ Federal Emergency Management Agency Homepage
     
  • http://www.nasar.org/ National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
     
  • http://www.sarinstitute.org Search and Rescue Institute links page
     
  • http://www.nss.gc.ca/ National Search and Rescue Secretariat (Canada)
     
  • http://www.rcc-net.org/ Rescue Coordination Centre Network
     
  • http://www.eskimo.com/~c180tom/ Washington Air Search And Rescue (WASAR)
     
  • http://www.dartmouth.edu/~janl/journal/archives/sar.emergency.html An ES Article published in THE CAP OFFICER Journal, "SAR is an Emergency" by Maj James Caggiano, CAP, North Carolina Wing.
     
  • http://safetycenter.navy.mil/aviation/ The Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia publishes a monthly flying safety magazine called "Approach."   I suggest downloading the March 1999 issue and reading pages 18-19, which detail some of the hazards that exist within a crash site.   While their intent is investigation, many of the same safety principles still apply.   They also have a Microsoft Word document for downloading entitled "Mishap-site hazards" that is very useful.
     
  • http://www.ERI-INTL.com/ The Emergency Response Institute (international) is an organization that is a source of eduational publications for Search and Rescue.
     
  • http://www.icao.org/ The US has adopted the new International Search and Rescue Manual created jointly by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   It is in three volumes and not available online.   It must be purchased from eitherthe IMO or ICAO.
     
  • http://www.nss.gc.ca/ Canadian National Search and Rescue Secretariat
     
  • http://www.ntsb.gov/ Read this NTSB report of a CAP search for its own gone awry.  
     
  • http://www.avweb.com/toc/database.html Tail Number, NTSB, and Airman lookups courtesy AvWeb. (free membership required)
     
  • http://www.risingup.com/planespecs/ A database of aircraft performance data for determining max possible range, true airspeed, capacities, and other information.
     
  • http://mdickinson.com/cap/ Malcolm Dickinson's CAP website.   This longtime CAP member and supporter of online CAP resources has, in addition to many other useful items, the steps to become a Mission Observer" and the steps to become a SAR/DR Mission Pilot.
     
  • http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Notices/2000/fcc99414.doc Information from the FCC about 406 MHz personal locator beacons (PLBs).
     

    MAPS & NAVIGATION LINKS

  • http://www.nhs.mnwg.cap.gov/senior_programs/g-charts/g-charts.html The North Hennepin Composite Squadron offers professionally gridded charts for many Sectionals--fly with a clear & current grid!
     
  • http://www.maptools.com A wide variety of map and navigation tools are is available at this site.
     
  • http://www.delorme.com Map, GPS, and software information from DeLorme's: I highly recommend purchasing an Atlas & Gazeteer for your state, if it is available. This tool is useful to Aircrews, Ground Teams, and Mission Base alike. (Topographic maps of an entire state in one book!)
     
  • http://www.census.gov/main/www/srchtool.html Map utility from the US Government
     
  • http://mcmcweb.er.usgs.gov/drg/index.html#teale USGS Digital Raster Graphics Page
     
  • http://www.AirstripAmerica.com offers aerial photos of a great many airfields in the U.S.   Try it before you go somewhere new!
     

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    LINKS TO ES DOWNLOADS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

    BE SURE TO CHECK THE CAP ES DOWNLOADS RIGHT HERE!

  • http://mdwg.cap.gov/ Basic Ground Team Member course and other training aids from Maryland wing.   Follow the 'Emergency Services' and then the 'Training Materials' buttons.
     
  • http://cap.sedona.net/utilities/MSNMGT.html CAP Mission Management Utilities by Pete Andersen, Arizona Wing.   Arizona Wing also has a very nice ES Training Guide and Resource Manual available on this site.
     
  • http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/MAEL/ag/df88.htm DF88: a program that simulates an aircraft radio direction finding unit used by Civil Air Patrol to locate Emergency Locator Transmitters.   This is an excellent training aid for those who wish to demonstrate how a DF works while still in the classroom.   This program was written by Bruce Bream of Ohio Wing.
     
  • http://www.njwg.cap.gov/docs/index.html Various useful CAP Publications from New Jersey Wing
     
  • http://afpubs.hq.af.mil/ Air Force Publications Online.   I reccommend checking out AFM 10-206, Operational Reporting (CAPR 50-15 references this for message format); AFI 36-5001, Organization and Function of the Civil Air Patrol (to know what the Air Force thinks of us); AF Policy Directive 36-50P, Civil Air Patrol (for AF commander's utilization of CAP); AFI 13-208, Rescue Coordination Center Combat Search and Rescue Operating Procedures (for reference); and AF Doctrine Document 34, Combat Search and Rescue Operations (for fun).
     
  • http://www.sirinet.net/~pberchto/organiza/cap/35150/courses.htm A good grouping of yet another ES I Course, along with ROP A & B, plus GTM and GTL classroom courses.   By LtC Phil Berchtold.  
     
  • http://www.fema.gov/emi/ishome.htm FEMA online EMI Independent Study Courses available for credit.   Their ICS course is highly recommended.
     
  • http://sarbc.org/compgm1.html/ Computer Programs and Math for SAR from the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia
     
  • http://www.avweb.com/toc/database.html Tail Number, NTSB, and Airman lookups courtesy AvWeb. (free membership required)
     
  • http://www.risingup.com/planespecs/ A database of aircraft performance data for determining max possible range, true airspeed, capacities, and other information.
     
  • Landings.com A searchable database for N-numbers.
     
  • http://www.silcom.com/~pelican2 Information about how to build a doppler DF unit and a gateway to the Amateur Radio Direction Finding webring.
     
  • http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-o/g-opr/nsarc/nsp.htm#AMSAR The United States National SAR plan.
     
  • http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/other_pubs/nsrsupp.pdf The United States National Search and Rescue Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual.
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      USEFUL ADDRESSES

    Pointer(tm) Inc. (maker of practice beacon ELTs)
    1027 N. STADEM DRIVE
    TEMPE, AZ 85281
    (480) 966-1674 (VOX)
    (480) 968-8020 (FAX)
    http://www.pointerinc.com

    Timely Discount Topos, Inc.
    9769 W 119th Dr
    Broomfield CO 80021-2551
    800-821-7609, 303-469-5022
    SUMMARY: Member recommended.   They deliver quadrangles and other topo maps, reportedly very quickly and very cheaply.   Knowledgeable staff.

    "Search and Rescue Fundamentals," a highly recommended SAR text by Cooper, Lavalla and Stoffel.   It is published by the Emergency Response Institute, Inc.   (206) 491-7785, (509) 782-4832.   It can also be found at Amazon.com for $32.   Some members have called this text "dated, but essential."

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    This page of the CAP Emergency Services Resources website was last updated 02/04/2007

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