Getting Started

After you have completed the Level 1 Training Summary Conversation with the squadron commander, and have received confirmation that your Level 1 training is complete, you can begin your Emergency Services (ES) training.  Much of the initial ES training can be completed online.  Below is the portion of the training that can be completed online that is required for members to participate in Air Crew training.  You will want to get this training completed prior to the classroom/practical training for a particular ES Qualification, such as Mission Scanner.


General Emergency Services - CAP Test 116

The first item for you to complete is the General Emergency Services test (GES).  You must complete this prior to any Emergency Services training, such as air crew, ground crew, or mission base.

First, review the GES presentation here.  Its a little dated, but mostly still applicable.
http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/emergency_services/operations_support/education_and_training/general_emergency_services_training_materials.cfm
Review the General Emergency Services slides and CAP regulations 60-3 and 173-3.  CAPR 60-3, CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions, guides all Civil Air Patrol Emergency Service activities.  You will want to refer to this regulation again as you progress in your ES training.

After reviewing the GES training material and the CAPR 60-3, take the test by clicking the General Emergency Services Questionnaire link in the training materials.  You may also navigate to the test in eServices:
  1. Log on to eServices and click the Online Learning link on the left navigation bar.
  2. Click the Learning Management System link.
  3. Select Emergency Services under Filter by Functional Area.
  4. Click the CAPT 116 - General ES - September 2009 link.
  5. The system displays the test.  It is open book and there is no time limit.
  6. After passing the test, notify the Squadron Commander.

Complete NIMS
ICS Courses
If you intend to be involved in any form of Emergency Services in CAP (which you will), you must complete the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) training courses applicable to your intended role.  
Civil Air Patrol has committed to being NIMS compliant like all other response agencies across the United States.  In order to be NIMS compliant, CAP members participating in emergency services will need to complete certain training produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in accordance with guidance from the Department of Homeland Security.  The good news is that much of this training is online. For example, a Mission Scanner and Mission Observer must complete, at a minimum, the NIMS IS-100 and IS-700 online courses.

The available online courses, and a matrix of required NIMS training and all Emergency Services Qualification roles can be found on the National CAP website here:
http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/emergency_services/operations_support/national_incident_management_system_nims.cfm

When you complete each course, you must print your certificate and bring it to the squadron meeting to be placed in your personnel file.  You must also show or email the Squadron Commander a copy of the course certificate, or send an email containing the link to the online certificateThe Squadron Commander must verify and manually enter your ICS Course completion in eServices Operations Qualifications.

Complete CAP Test 117
ES Continuing Education Quiz(es):
These 3 tests are tailored to the specific type of ES Qualification to which you intend to train.

Part 1, is required for all ground team members, ground team leaders, urban direction finding team members, and those who are critical incident stress team qualified.
  Part 2, is required for all SAR/DR mission pilots, transport mission pilots, mission scanners, mission observers, flight line marshallers, and flight line supervisors.
  Part 3, is required for all incident commanders, agency liaisons, planning section chiefs, logistics section chiefs, finance/administration section chiefs, air operations branch directors, ground branch directors, information officers, communications unit leaders, mission radio operators, mission safety officers, liaison officers, mission chaplains, and mission staff assistants.

To get to the reading material and quizzes:
  1. Log on to eServices and click the Online Learning link on the left navigation bar.
  2. Click the Learning Management System link.
  3. Select Emergency Services under Filter by Functional Area.
  4. Click the link for the test you want to take.
  5. The system displays the test. It is open book and there is no time limit.
  6. After passing the test, notify the Squadron Commander.

Aircraft Ground Handling Video
Complete the Aircraft Ground Handling video and pass the quiz. (time: approx 15 min).  Mission Aircrews and Pilots shall complete this annually.

  1. Log on to eServices and click the Online Learning link on the left navigation bar.
  2. Click the Learning Management System link.
  3. Select Operations under Filter by Functional Area.
  4. Click the Aircraft Ground Handling Training link..
  5. View the Aircraft Ground Handling Video.
  6. Take the Aircraft Ground Handling Quiz.
  7. After passing the test, notify the Squadron Commander.

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