Civil Air Patrol has a training day

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It is training day for the Civil Air Patrol. This Airforce auxilary, made up of volunteers, is frequently used in emergency situations, like hurricanes. They can seek out downed planes, and capsized boats. Now, they are doing everything they can to make sure their services are top notch.

"What we are doing is training for any real emergencies that we may have as a hurricane, a missing person, damage assessment, or anything our customer may want," said Colonel Mike Dubois, with the Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol is frequently used by F.E.M.A during a crisis. Parish governments may call on them during a disaster.   And, to make sure they are the best at what they do, Colonel Mike Dubois said the training is vital.

"You cannot fight the battles and win the wars without training for it," said Dubois.

Captain Tim Skinner executed a search and rescue mission.

"My specific mission is, we have two scenarios. First there is a suspected down aircraft and our second objective is a missing boat," said Captain Tim Skinner, with the Civil Air Patrol.

But, before they can take off they have to be briefed on the specifics of the mission. And, just like in a real situation, they must get approval to execute.

And, while they check the plane for any problems before take off, the guys at the communications center are also getting ready. This is an absolute must, according to 2nd Lieutenant Ronnie Brignac.

"It is very important for us to have the communications center. It is vital to know where our aircraft and our urban crew are. They are in constant contact with us," said 2nd Lieutenant Ronnie Brignac, with the Civil Air patrol.

With hurricane season right around the corner, the Civil Air Patrol is not wasting anytime.