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2020 ES Aircrew Training Survey

posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:40 PM by John Haug

Attention all CAP members who might want to train for an aircrew position:

We are putting together an aircrew training plan for fiscal year 2020 and would like member input on the subjects set forth below. The collective answers to these questions will help us line up a training program that will attempt to meet the needs of most of the membership.

Please click to respond to the brief survey (less than one minute) by end of day, Friday, October 18.

Thank you!

Mission Observer Ground School - Aug 2019

posted Aug 7, 2019, 1:18 PM by John Haug   [ updated Aug 7, 2019, 1:19 PM ]

24 & 25 August, 2019

What – Mission Observer Ground School

Who Should Attend – Any Current Mission Scanner Interested In Moving to The Right Front Seat and Mission Observers interested in Refreshing Their MO Skills

Location – To Be Announced (probably WAWG HQ at JBLM)

Uniform – Any CAP Uniform (except Flight Suits)

Prerequisites – Mission Scanner

Contact – Lt Col Bill Gibbs, CAP Cell 425-643-0176

Registration – Registration will open August 1, 2019

Mission Scanner School - July & August 2018

posted Jun 22, 2018, 10:09 PM by John Haug   [ updated Aug 7, 2019, 1:19 PM ]

Future WAWG aircrew –
A Mission Scanner school will be held July 14-15 (ground) and August 11-12 (flight).  Registration is open through Saturday, July 7.  Full details - including contacts, prerequisites, student planning information, and registration - are on the website:

  • While open to all Wing members who satisfy the prerequisites, this school has space limitations which will favor those trainees working toward actual SAR qualification through both CAP and WSDOT.  (What?)
  • Registration requires a account.  If you do not have one, see the webpage for instructions to create one.
If you are committed to a focused, high-expectations training environment, review the webpage and register to join us!

Maj John Haug & Lt Col Bill Gibbs
WAWG Operations Training Officers

WSDOT Orientation Course for SAR Aircrew and Mission Base Staff

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:15 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 8:38 AM ]

WSDOT Orientation Course for SAR Aircrew and Mission Base Staff

When:                                  May 26, 2018
Where:                                 Olympia, WA
Instructor:                           Tom Peterson, WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services Program Manager

Deadline to register:            May 17, 2018

Class size may be limited. If so, persons will be selected in the order in which they complete the application process as outlined below.

If you are serious about participating in aerial search and rescue missions in Washington, there are a few steps you must complete before you are eligible for the issuance of a WSDOT Emergency Worker card, which is a prerequisite to participate in aerial search missions in Washington, regardless of your CAP qualifications.

Please follow these steps carefully:


a.            Get FEMA SID (if you do not already have one): To take this online study course, you must first register for a FEMA SID number. Follow the directions on the site below and you will be issued an SID:

b.            Take the test: Review this page and downloadable course material. There is also a link to take a test when you are ready:

c.            Print your course completion certificate as you will need to attach a copy of it to your WSDOT application.


a.            Get FEMA SID: Again, you will need an SID to complete this course.

b.            Take the test: Review this page and downloadable course material. There is also a link to take a test when you are ready:

c.            Print your course completion certificate as you will need to attach a copy of it to your WSDOT application.


a.            Find a class: There are a variety of ways to do this. 

  • The American Red Cross regularly puts on courses. Their directory is here:

  • The YMCA sometimes offers classes. If you are already a Y member, go to their website and find out if a class will be offered soon near you. To Google “YMCA CPR Classes Near Me” click here.

  • There are also commercial courses offered online. One is Pro First Aid. A link to their website is: 

  • Many local fire stations, cities, parks and rec departments, etc., also offer free, reduced price and/or regular training. Check your local city’s website.

b.            Print your course completion certificate as you will need to attach a copy of it to your WSDOT application.



a.            Read this form carefully: WSDOT Non-Disclosure Agreement

b.            Print and sign: Assuming you agree with the provisions, print and sign this form. You will need to attach a copy of it to your WSDOT application.


Review this information carefully and fill out the application.


Instructions for what to do with all of this material are included below.

To access this application, go to: WSDOT Volunteer Application Packet for Emergency Worker Card



Registration must include:

  • FEMA IS-700 Course Completion Certificate
  • FEMA IS-100 Course Completion Certificate
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED Card
  • WSDOT Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • WSDOT Volunteer Application Packet

Mail to:

Lt Col William E. Gibbs, CAP
Civil Air Patrol, WAWG HQ
Re: WSDOT Orientation
P.O. Box 4459
JBLM, WA 98438

7.         FINAL STEP

Attend the one-day WSDOT orientation course. The course will be given in Olympia on Saturday, 26 May, 2018.
You will receive a confirmation notice with the class location once your packet is accepted. 


Send questions about this process to

Additional information may be found at:

There are a number of advantages to being a WSDOT Volunteer! For example, you may be entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred on a search mission in some instances where you might not be participating solely as a CAP Member.


Outside training opportunity for FEMA ICS-300 - Kelso, WA

posted Mar 3, 2017, 1:02 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:02 PM ]


Cowlitz County Dept. of Emergency Management is offering an “ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents” class on May 9th and 10th, here at the EOC.

We still have seats available, and would like to invite you, your agency, partners and volunteers to participate in this local opportunity.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, as class size is limited. Any questions, please feel welcome to reach out and we’ll be happy to help!

Note: to get the most out of this training, please make sure to have completed FEMA’s Incident Command classes IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b [online courses available at: ].

Wishing you a great day,


Lorraine Churchill

Emergency Management Coordinator

Department of Emergency Management

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

312 SW First Avenue

Kelso WA 98626


(:  1.360.577.3130

7:  1.360.577.3009

Standard Schedule: Tuesday - Friday




Twitter: @CowlitzDEM

Operations/WSDOT Training Dates on the Wing Calendar

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:52 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:06 PM ]

Looking for Operations Training dates?

Check the Wing Calendar and type "Ops" in the search bar.

11-12 Mar - Group Led Exercise at Thun Field

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:56 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

To All Emergency Services staff, crews and teams:


On March 11 and 12, there will be a Group Led Exercise (GLE) (aka SAREX) hosted by the Southwest Group (WA096) at Thun Field (KPLU) in Pierce County. All Senior Members and Cadets are encouraged and welcome to participate. We need trained ES staff for the CAP-USAF June Graded Evaluation. Cadets - as always, you should alert your chain of command before attending any activities, missions, or training events outside of your unit. 

Thun Field is the Incident Command Post (ICP) and primary Mission Base (MB). Remote Mission Bases (RMB) are welcome and desirable so as to make training available statewide. Group CC's let me know if you can provide and support a RMB or a Staging Area (SA).


0700 - Sign-in at all Mission Bases 

0730 - General and Officer Staff Tactics Meeting at ICP

0800 - General and Safety Brief (ALL Personnel)

1800 - Mission Bases Close (expected time)

ICS-211's for Personnel, Aircraft and Vehicles will be used and sent to the ICP on both days. 


Air and Ground operations begin soon after the General and Safety Brief.  


If you plan on attending, please send an email to me at and tell me the roles in which you wish to participate (MP, MRO, GTL in training, etc.) and where you plan on doing this role.


My intention is to form crews and teams with scenarios to make the exercise as realistic as is possible given the training constraints. So please send me your wish list as soon as practical.


To participate in this GLE, you will need the following:

- CAP ID card

- CAPF-101: Specialty Qualification Card

- SQTR for each of the training roles desired (only applies if in training)

- appropriate and proper uniforms and gear (kit) for your role(s) 

- CAPF-161: Emergency Information

- Safety Currency

- current Aircraft Ground Handling course

- 24 hour pack (especially lunch and snacks - long day) for most

72 hour pack for GTM's unless told differently by the GBD or your GTL


CAP-USAF, NHQ, PCR, and our Wing Commander are very serious about our Safety, proper uniforms and reports.

Plan on returning home if your gear list or uniforms are not complete.  


The following GLE will be April 8-9 at Yakima and hosted by Southeast Group. If it goes well, the May 6-7 and June 10-11 exercises will be at Yakima. If not, we may change the last two to Ephrata. Details to follow the April GLE.


If questions, email me.



Maj Hal Hack, CAP
Washington Wing Emergency Services Officer
Southwest Group Asst ESO
Ft Vancouver Composite Squadron ESO
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

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Skydive Toledo is Hiring!

posted Mar 3, 2017, 9:47 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

Skydive Toledo is looking for 2 pilots this season!

  • Commercial Single Engine Land with 500TT and a 2nd class medical
  • Previous experience flying jumpers and time in 182s highly desired but not required
  • Regular pilot(s) to fly weekends from mid/late March through June
  • 2 full time pilots to fly during their busier summer season
You can expect to log 300+ hours over the whole season. Pay is $20/tach hour, there is an onsite bunk house, and they will generally feed you on Saturday night.

Planes are well maintained and the drop zone is very safety-first so this a great place to learn all about being a jumper dumper (meat bomber).

You can contact the drop zone directly via their website or you can contact

FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council

posted Mar 2, 2017, 8:18 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:06 PM ]

Children and Disasters newsletter header


Youth across the Nation have the opportunity to make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of their communities and beyond. Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade who have engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to serve on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council

Formed in 2012, the Council engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Over the course of a two-year term, members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

Applications are due March 31, 2017. For more information and to see the projects current members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website. To submit an application, visit the application website

18-19 Mar - Oregon Wing hosts field training exercise

posted Feb 11, 2017, 1:58 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

Oregon Wing hosts field training exercise for anyone interested in getting involved in ground team operations!
Washington Wing members are invited
, and all members are highly encouraged to attend.
Training will be conducted 
at all levels from Ground Team Member – 3 to Ground Branch Director. 

An aircrew survival course may be available if there is enough interest.

This activity is an operational training mission with an approved mission number in WMIRS and will be credited as mission participation for specialty qualification. 
  • The cost is $20 + $1.99 for trainees and $10 + $1.49 for staff.  
  • Sign-up will require a CAPF 31 with **Wing Commander approval.**
    Cadets shall submit completed CAPF 31s through their unit Chain of Command for Wing Commander approval.
    Officers will follow their unit Chain of Command (SQ CC to Group CC to Wing CC).
  • Members are advised to submit CAPF 31s signed first before paying. 
  • Additional information (including packing list) will be sent out when paperwork is received. 
  • The deadline to apply will be 1 March but may be extended if necessary. 
  • All participants will have to have GTM-3(T) on their 101 card.
  • There is a $500 budget for fuel so those who want to be reimbursed will need to talk to Maj Paquin first so that he can plan accordingly.
This activity is an operational training mission with an approved mission number in WMIRS and will be credited as mission participation for specialty qualification. 

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