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Emergency Services

That Others May Live

Ready to go, day or night, Polaris operators provide a vigilant, mission ready capability.  The Polaris Annual Training Plan provides a framework for monthly training events and provides a base plan for FY 2016. For additional training material check the Resources page.

Polaris emergency services members fly as aircrews in our specially equipped aircraft, like the Gippsland GA8 Airvan shown on the left and the Cessna 206 below, with Becker Direction Finders for hunting emergency locator transmitter (ELT) beacons, in-dash mounted satellite phones (in the GA8) for staying in contact with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) and CAP mission base operators from the most remote corners of Alaska. Aircrew survival equipment requirements.

Urban Direction Finding (UDF) teams are routinely called out for ground searches for beacons in the Anchorage and Mat-Su area, and have provided RCC with a quick reaction capability to silence non-distress beacons and ensure that the airwaves are clear should and actual emergency occur.  While 999 out of 1,000 beacon alerts may be accidental, Polaris operators treat every air or ground DF sortie as though someone's life depends on it.

Polaris does not perform active training in wilderness ground SAR techniques and procedures.  We have attempted to start this multiple times and the reality is that our membership was unable to sustain the training tempo required to attain or retain proficiency in ground operations and interoperability with other Alaska ground SAR teams.  If you are interested in Ground SAR see the DO or ES officer. 

Our ES operators share a common vision of service to their community, Alaska, and our nation.