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.
A new initiative, starting in 2016, is to build Wilderness Ground SAR Teams able to support Alaska State Trooper inland missing persons searches. If you think you're up to the physical challenge of serving on GSAR teams designed to function in a challenging four-season mountain environment, we're looking for you to sign up and start training! CAP W-GSAR teams are not meant to be technical rock and ice teams, but will learn and practice long-range patrolling, search, communications, and train and route/trail familiarization in the Chugach Mountains. The physical requirements to serve on these teams includes a pack test (3-mile 45 lb pack test in 45 minutes or less, and the completion) and twice-monthly weekend training exercises in the field (all-weather). Contact the DO or ES Officer for more information. If you've got the "stuff" - we need you, and your community needs you!
Our ES operators share a common vision of service to their community, Alaska, and our nation.