Crow Wing Civil Air Patrol to take part in statewide search and rescue exercise

The exercise will provide training in direction finding techniques for locating a downed aircraft, searching and locating missing persons and train in a variety of emergency services tasks.

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MANKATO — Members from 13 Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol squadrons, including Crow Wing County Composite Squadron, will train with local municipal, county, and state emergency personnel in a search and rescue exercise 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Mankato Regional Airport.

The exercise will provide training in direction finding techniques for locating a downed aircraft equipped with an Emergency Locator Transmitter radio beacon. Civil Air Patrol will have four aircraft involved in the search along with numerous ground teams. Members will also practice searching and locating missing persons and train in a variety of emergency services tasks such as: basic radio communications, hot/cold weather injuries, compass use, map reading and land navigation.

In addition to Crow Wing Composite Squadron, other participating Civil Air Patrol units are the Mankato Composite Squadron, Viking Composite Squadron in Eden Prairie, the 130th Composite Squadron in Lakeville, Anoka County Composite Squadron, Alexandria Composite Squadron, Skyhawk Composite Squadron in Delano, North Hennepin Composite Squadron in Crystal, Saint Paul Composite Squadron, Stanton Composite Squadron, Hutchinson Composite Squadron, St. Croix Composite Squadron, Owatonna Composite Squadron, and possibly more.

First responders and emergency personnel from local police and fire departments, county sheriff department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota Search and Rescue teams will participate and train with Civil Air Patrol members.

“This exercise is designed to simulate an actual emergency scene that we will face out in the real world,” said Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Micheal Dyer, project officer for the event, in a news release. “Our goal is to work side by side with emergency personnel, EMS, Fire and Police like we would in an actual real mission.”


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