Woodfield Composite Squadron has set thegoal of becoming proficient in Base Operations.While there are many specialties that you cando in base operations, a couple of the obviousstarting points are Mission Staff Assistant(MSA) and Mission Radio Operator. Additionaltraining being setup for other important missionpositions are Flight Line Marshaller (FLM),Ground Team Member (GTM) and Aircrewpositions as well as CPR training. To lean moreabout these specialties go online to the Wood-field Composite Squadron Website,www.woodfieldcap.org. Task guides are avail-able to view and download from the EmergencyServices page that will help you decide whatyou want to do in ES and what you’ll need tolearn to become qualified.See you at the next mission, 14 January 2006Craig Knickerbocker, 2Lt, CAPDeputy Commander SeniorsEmergency Services Officer
To get started in Emergency Services (ES) youmay have heard about some tests that youneed to take first. Those tests are the GeneralEmergency Services (GES) test otherwiseknown as the 116 and 117 tests. The purposeof taking these tests is to provide you with abase of knowledge such as ES Procedures andProtocols and an Introduction to Incident Re-sponse System (ICS), before jumping into ES.It’s also what you have to do, to get a CAP 101Card (CAPF 101). Okay, so what’s a 101 card?The 101 card is your CAP member’s ES cre-dential. It outlines the ES Job Qualifications andTraining Status you’ve obtained via the CAPeServices.Once you’ve passed you initial tests, it’s timeto choose a specialty you’d like to be qualifiedfor and complete the required prerequisites.These prerequisites are different for each spe-cialty and once you’ve completed them a SQTR(Specialty Qualification Training Record) will beopened for you to track your progress to be-coming a fully qualified ES member. So what’sthis SQTR and why should you pay attention toit? The SQTR for each specialty contains a listof tasks that you must complete and/or demon-strate proficiency in. As you progress throughyour training these tasks will get approved or signed off on by the appropriate qualified ESpersonnel. It is important to follow up and makesure your completed tasks get entered into theWMU and be sure to keep your own copy of these records in the slim but possible case thatsomething happens and official records getlost… You don’t want to have to start over. Oneof the nice things about the SQTR is that it cancross pollinate other tasks. That is, tasks com-pleted while training for one specialty oftencount toward another specialty. So while it’sgood to stay focused on your primary specialty,look into other specialty task requirements, youmay want to Consider Working on MultipleSQTRs.
and then freezes overnight leaving a sheet of iceon the roads. When you read accident reports,or newspaper articles of people not being safe,most people will go, “What an idiot…” Thenthey proceed to reading a road map, while driv-ing down the freeway with a cell phone glued totheir ear and that cup of coffee between their legs. I’m not going to tell you everything that’snot safe. You already know that. I’m just urg-ing you to think before acting. It takes a secondto analyze what you’re doing and keep yourself out of the hospital, or even the morgue.
Mission Base Quals
-Mission Staff Assistant-Flight Line Marshal
Ground Team Quals
-Ground Team Member-Ground Team Leader
Flight Crew Quals
-Mission Pilot-Transport Pilot-Scanner-Observer
I’m going to be blunt with everyone on thissubject. Being safe boils down to not doingsomething stupid. Would you climb up awobbly ladder, and lean over to the side totry and grab something a couple feet away? No, you wouldn’t. Why? Because youwould fall and inflict undue pain uponyourself. These days, there are signs every-where suggesting to us how to be safe.There are speed limit signs, warning tagson electrical devices telling us not to usethem in or near water, and the ever so obvi-ous “Caution—Hot” on the McDonalds cupof coffee. All these warnings are in place because at some time, somewhere, some-one dropped a blow dryer in the bathtubwith them, or spilled that cup of coffee intheir lap in the drive thru. Now, with it being winter time, peopleneed to be especially careful with the snowand ice. Roads are slippery with a little bitof snow on them. With the crazy weather we’ve been having lately, the snow melts
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