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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2019, 02:29:54 AM »

This represents what CapTalk can be, ditto on the thanks!
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2019, 12:07:06 PM »

WINGS and Local Squadrons are so different.

In some areas, local resources are so great that CAP isn't needed. Mine for example. The local police department has two helicopters with FLIR and more. The Sheriff has one of the same, plus an airplane, and horseback patrols, four wheelers, side by sides, drones with FLIR, and so much more, and in a need will serve all the surrounding counties.

They are always on duty. Can respond virtually instantly.

Watching the stats here in the last couple years, when it comes to SAR, looks like 90% of the Saves are due to the Cell Phone forensic team. Who work inside and don't have muddy boots. They provide info most of the time to local agencies. Not to CAP ground teams. Its the trend anyway.

Our Squadron responds to FEMA needs and to special missions like the Army training we do. But SAR winds up just being to find that ELT going off in a hangar. Yes, we still train ground teams, but ....

It is the trend and it has been for about the past decade. GT, real bush beating muddy boot GSAR, opportunities have become fewer and fewer. States are putting some of those Homeland Security Grants to use training up their organic first response assets to fill the role. There is still a need for DR assets, which CAP could fill. Train up the GTs to fill DR roles and they'll always have a role. Of course this would mean that most wings would have to renegotiate their nonexistent MOUs, but that could be a good thing in the long run...
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