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Maryland Wing - Group III
Middle East Region
Civil Air Patrol
United States Air Force Auxiliary
Anne Arundel, Calvert,
Charles, Prince Georges &
St. Mary's Counties
The CAP Safety Policy is to minimize the risks faced by our membership in the performance of their volunteer duties.
“Monthly safety education is an integral part of the quest to instill a high level of safety knowledge and a strong safety culture throughout the Civil Air Patrol. It is intended to compliment but not inhibit member participation in CAP missions.” Units at all levels are still required to present a monthly safety education briefing, and members are expected to attend. We realize there are times when attendance isn’t possible. In those cases members may still get monthly safety education credit for taking computer-based training as outlined in the regulation.
Prosecuting 406/121.5 MHz Distress Beacons: Did you know that a 406 MHz Distress Beacon doesn’t even transmit on 406 MHz? Did you know that it actually transmits on one of 18 internationally designated Distress Channels? And did you know that our four Becker-equipped aircraft can only detect two of those channels (channel 2 and channel 3)? How about that although the 121.5 MHz Homing Signal is only about 1/10th the signal level of the older beacons, the new beacon’s accuracy is about 100 yards so the weaker signal is not a big deal (when you can get the GPS fix and know where to look)? The following link is recommended reading for Incident Command Staff, Mission Aircrews, UDF Teams and Ground Team Leaders. Also included is a link to the presentation from the 2008 MDWG Conference on 121.5 and 406 Distress Beacons.
Overview - Prosecuting 406/121.5 MHz Distress Beacons: Click HERE
Presentation – 2008 MDWG Conference - Locating 121.5 & 406 MHz Emergency Beacons:
Safety Current! - All members must take or have taken the Introduction to Safety Course online. Additionally, to be ‘Safety Current,’ all members should complete/attend/receive their monthly squadron safety briefing.
Safety currency is critical to the CAP mission!
Safety is a critical part of CAP’s mission. To ensure that all CAP programs and missions are accomplished within the required safety regulations and adhere to USAF/CAP safety protocals, all members must have a “Safety Current” status. There are no exceptions to this hard and fast rule. If a member’s safety status is expired for three months; Senior members will be transferred to ‘patron status’ and cadets will be terminated.
To remain safety current members can attend monthly squadron safety briefing. If a member is not able to attend a squadron safety briefing, he or she may take one of the online safety courses available in E-Services. If a member anticipates that they will not be attending multiple squadron meetings and/or safety briefings, he or she should discuss this situation with the Squadron Safety Officer and/or Squadron Commander
Per CAP REGULATION 110-1: LINKS OR REFERENCES TO INDIVIDUALS OR COMPANIES DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT OF ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCT OR SERVICE YOU MAY RECEIVE FROM SUCH SOURCES
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