LoneStar Emergency Services Training Continues

Big Sandy – Civil Air Patrol personnel attending LoneStar Emergency Services Academy at the ALERT Academy near Tyler are approaching the midpoint of their week-long training.

Early Tuesday three CAP Ground Search and Rescue Specialty School teams gathered at the ALERT Academy parade ground for a visit from the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinic EMS EC-130 helicopter. Aircrew Preston Dean, Craig Mattingly and Mike Douglas briefed the 25 cadets on their life-saving work.

Search teams also were called out on a real-world mission at the nearby Gilmer Airport.

“Today turned out to be a realistic real-world activity,” said Lt. Col. James McCloud. “We found and successfully silenced an Emergency Locator Transmitter.” The distress device, commonly known as an ELT, was first reported activated Monday evening. CAP search teams were dispatched to the airstrip Tuesday afternoon.

Intermittent thunderstorms resulted in the recall of a CAP aircraft sent out to help narrow the ELT search.

LESA provides CAP members with one of the few single sites in the United States that offer comprehensive emergency services training, said Col. Brooks Cima, CAP’s Texas Wing Commander and LESA director.

Cima said there are 112 CAP cadets and senior members attending and staffing courses in Aerial Photography, Communications, Ground Search and Rescue, Public Affairs, Mission Aircrew School (Pilots), Mission Staff and Wilderness First Responder. The attendees are from about a dozen states.

Air and ground missions continue through Saturday when a large-scale simulated search exercise takes place in cooperation with area first responders and public service agencies.

LESA Communications School Gets Underway

Annual Civil Air Patrol national activity attracts personnel from 13 states

Big Sandy – Civil Air Patrol is conducting its second day of annual emergency training at Alert Academy, near Tyler. The weeklong series of classes offers a range of instruction for volunteers interested in developing or improving their skills in a range of search and rescue-related specialties.

An estimated 100 CAP personnel from across the United States are attending the series of LoneStar Emergency Services Academy (LESA) courses, scheduled to conclude Saturday, June 21.

The Communications Chief Instructor, Lt. Col. Steven Haney said “Communications ties all of our emergency services missions together; it’s the way for the guys out in the field to report back to the guys in mission base. The goal for the cadets in the basic class of LESA is to become proficient radio operators so they are able to receive and transmit traffic correctly, properly, and quickly. Also to become exposed to some of the different equipment we have and begin learning how to operate that equipment. Cadet Phillip Turney, a student at the LESA Communications School, said that in his school he mostly enjoyed “learning hands on” how to operate Civil Air Patrol radios and follow standard Civil Air Patrol radio protocol.

CAP ground teams also use ALERT Academy as their base for advanced search and rescue instruction and practice.

LESA is a Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Special Activity.

CAP will conduct comprehensive communication, safety and first aid, and administrative support instruction.

LoneStar Emergency Services Academy Gets Underway

Annual Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol attracts personnel from 13 states

Big Sandy – Civil Air Patrol is conducting its annual emergency training at Alert Academy, near Tyler, beginning Sunday June 15. The week long series of classes offers a range of instruction for volunteers interested in developing or improving their skills in a range of search and rescue-related specialties.

An estimated 100 CAP personnel from across the Southern Unites States, and as far as Hawaii, are attending the series of LESA courses, scheduled to conclude Saturday, June 21.

The use of ALERT Academy offers Civil Air Patrol trainees “a home” that includes classroom space, dormitories, and 2,300 acres of wilderness terrain, said Lt. Col. Steve Kintner, of Longview, LESA director of air branch operations.

“What we do here at LESA is, in one package, in a more formal setting, we sit down in a classroom and we take them, in a very detailed way, through everything they need to know as a mission pilot,” said Kintner.

CAP ground teams also will use ALERT Academy as their base for advanced search and rescue instruction and practice.

Bringing together Civil Air Patrol members from different states increases readiness for real world response, said Col. Brooks Cima, Texas Wing commander and LESA director.

“There’s a learning curve that you have to establish in a time of emergency,” Cima said. “You don’t want to have to do that in a time of emergency, so coming together for exercises like this is a great way of saving time when there is an actual disaster and lives need to be saved.”

LESA is a Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Special Activity.

In addition to more than a half-dozen aircraft dedicated to the training, CAP will conduct comprehensive communication, safety and first aid, and administrative support instruction.

LESA Featured in Southwest Region Newsletter

The following is an excerpt from the April 2014 edition of The Fly-By, Southwest Region’s quarterly newsletter…

LESA: The ES Training Solution in Our Own Back Yard
by Col. Joe Cavett, CAP, Oklahoma Wing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Most Civil Air Patrol members are frustrated by how difficult it is for them to receive the training they need in order to do the job they want. This is true of virtually every aspect of Civil Air Patrol. In Southwest Region we may not have solutions to every problem CAP has to offer, but the LoneStar Emergency Services Academy (LESA) offered in Texas makes Emergency Services training easier and quicker. Continue reading