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Illinois Wing Trains with Regional SAR Teams

November 12, 2022

At the invitation of the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency, Civil Air Patrol's Illinois Wing emergency services teams trained alongside dozens of other regional police, fire, and emergency services organizations. The event’s goal was to provide a realistic scenario to practice and coordinate interagency search and rescue capabilities, planning, communications, emergency medical services, logistics, information sharing, and public information services.

As the temperature dropped and the flurries began, a dozen cadet and senior members from across the wing performed multiple ground search and rescue sorties across much of Cook County’s Beck Lake Forest Preserve. Nearby, several agencies practiced searching with K9 teams, water rescue operations, and drone flights. Coordinating all this activity were multiple command posts and support teams. By practicing in realistic conditions to respond to a convincing scenario, every agency, including the Civil Air Patrol, hones its skills and processes before a real-world need arises.

When asked about the day’s activities, Civil Air Patrol’s Incident Commander, Capt. Don Johnson, CAP, said:

"Today, Civil Air Patrol ground teams participated in the Cook/Lake County EMA SAREX at Beck Lake Forest Preserve. This was a large multi-agency exercise with participation from world-class emergency response professionals. CAP contributed by locating one of the search objectives. Congratulations to all who contributed to this important exercise."

 

A non-CAP agency launches a UAS (drone) to practice search techniques Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley, Capt. CAP
A non-CAP agency launches a UAS (drone) to practice search techniques Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley, Capt. CAP
With flurries over the lake, the Department of Homland Secuirty's mobile command post stands ready. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
With flurries over the lake, the Department of Homland Secuirty's mobile command post stands ready. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A water search and rescue team begins a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A water search and rescue team begins a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team returns from a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team returns from a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team returns from a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team returns from a sortie Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
The Cook County Sheriffs brought several UAV resources including this vehicle that allowed them to quickly deploy and monitor their assetts. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
The Cook County Sheriffs brought several UAV resources including this vehicle that allowed them to quickly deploy and monitor their assetts. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
The Cook County Sheriffs brought several UAV resources including this vehicle that allowed them to quickly deploy and monitor their assetts. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
The Cook County Sheriffs brought several UAV resources including this vehicle that allowed them to quickly deploy and monitor their assetts. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team receives a briefing for an upcoming search sortie. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team receives a briefing for an upcoming search sortie. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team receives a briefing for an upcoming search sortie. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A CAP ground team receives a briefing for an upcoming search sortie. Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A K9 team heads back to land after a search with a water search and rescue team Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP
A K9 team heads back to land after a search with a water search and rescue team Photo Credit: H. Michael Miley Capt. CAP

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