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Operations & Emergency Services

Emergency Services
Emergency services is one of the main missions of Civil Air Patrol. As you may know, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the Air Force Auxiliary and a national community service organization made up of professionally trained civilian volunteers. CAP has a modern, well‐equipped fleet of aircraft, vehicles and equipment that is exercised and utilized daily. CAP is a locally‐available talent and asset pool for federal, state and local government agencies. Within Michigan Wing we have professionally trained national incident management system qualified personnel who can be rapidly deployed at any time throughout our Wing.

What MIWG can we do to support your operation

  • Search and Rescue (i.e. ELT, overdue aircraft, missing persons)
  • Augmented Incident Management Team support (i.e. Alternative Care Sites (ACS))
  • Aerial Imaging from the air (aircraft and sUAS) and ground (ground teams)
  • Airborne Reconnaissance (critical infrastructure, borders)
  • Damage assessment for a disaster (air and ground)
  • Points of Distribution (POD) support and Shelter Management Support (Food bank support)
  • Use of CAP vehicles for ground support (i.e. transport supplies, pickup/delivery of vaccines) 
  • Use of aircraft for light air transport, not limited to medical equipment, testing equipment or other time-sensitive urgent needs
  • Air Force Support (Low level route surveys and ranger support)
  • Homeland Security (Air Defense Intercept missions)
  • Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) operations
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • Cell Phone Forensics
  • VHF & HF Communications Support
  • Cadre of Chaplains and trained CISM personnel
  • Declared State of Emergency support (i.e. COVID-19)


Requesting Civil Air Patrol - Michigan Wing to support your operation


Requests for Civil Air Patrol go through the Michigan State Police’s Intelligence Operation Center, MIOC @ 1-517-241-8000

For Search And Rescue (SAR) / Life-Saving Missions 

(ELT/EPIRB, missing person searches, overdue or missing aircraft, emergency blood, organ & tissue transport)

For All Other Mission Requests

(immediate response missions to prevent human, suffering or to mitigate great property damage, as well as “routine” missions)

(Air Force Rescue Coordination Center) 

(800) 851-3051

(National Operations Center)

(888) 211-1812



Cost associated with the use of Civil Air Patrol-Michigan Wing to support your operation

All of our members are volunteers, so there is no charge for their work effort. However, there is a cost for the aircraft and vehicles if utilized. There would also be cost for lodging and meal expenses usually required for volunteers deploying for multi-day missions if required. 



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