Introduction to Emergency Services
Once you have completed level 1 training and have got your “feet wet, it’s time to begin training in Emergency Services. You will now complete the on-line course for General Emergency Services, the on-line FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Course IS-100 and get trained in Basic User Communications (BCUT).
In addition to the above, you will begin to purchase your uniform items.
All active members are expected to be in uniform while attending meetings and a uniform is a requirement for participating in Emergency Services activities.
Obtain General Emergency Services Rating
The pre-requisites for obtaining the General Emergency Services Rating (GES) is that you complete CAP Test 116, the FEMA IS-100 online course (this changed recently) AND have completed Level I training (or the Curry Award for Cadets).
- Review Emergency Services Curriculum web page
- Download and review CAPR 60-3 “CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions” from the CAP Forms & Publications web page.
- Review National HQ CAP General ES material.
- Take CAP Test 116 General ES Questionnaire Part 1 – June 2004 – (25 Questions) by selecting the course on the pull down menu
Additional FEMA courses
These FEMA courses are required for most emergency services qualifications.
- Take FEMA IS-700 NIMS an Introduction.
Basic User Communications Training (BCUT)
The objective of BCUT training is to train you how to properly operate a CAP radio. This training is arranged at the squadron by your squadron commander or other designated officer
This is a two hour course with additional time required for hands on familiarization with the radios.
You can review the BCUT training slides here (for operational security reasons please do not share this slide presentation outside of CAP or with members who have not completed OPSEC training). You must take the class in person to be granted a CAP radio operator permit.
Operations Risk Management (ORM)
Take the Basic and Intermediate ORM courses
This link will require you to log into eServices (National website) and allow you to see what safety courses you have completed and take courses you need. Make sure you have completed the Basic and Intermediate ORM courses. Save the “Elective Monthly Education Courses” for when you miss a squadron safety meeting. If you take them all now you will not have any left when you need them.
Ground Handling Video
Take the ground handling video and test at this link. You may have to log into eServices first. Retry the link after logging in if it doesn’t work the first time. https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.MultiMedia.Web/Video.aspx
Apply for CAP Driver Permit (optional)
In order to operate a CAP corporate vehicle you need to have a CAPF 75 CAP Driver Permit issued to you. This allows you to drive one of the CAP owned vans or 4WD vehicles to transport cadets or on missions.
Your Squadron Commander will provide the details on the requirements you need to fulfill and help you make the arrangements for your driving test.
Your first emergency services (ES) qualification
Following are what I consider the beginning ES qualifications. These are relatively easy to get qualified in and will allow you to see the ES training/evaluation/qualification process from start to finish. I expect every Echo Flight member to achieve trainee status in each of these qualifications and choose one to become fully qualified in.
- Mission Radio Operator (MRO)
- Mission Staff Assistant (MSA)
- Urban Direction Finder (UDF)