Tyler Pounds Regional Airport participates in statewide disaster exercise

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:48pm

Today, January 18, Tyler Regional Airport was one of 11 airports in all of Texas to participate in a statewide disaster drill. The drill was performed by the "Civil Air Patrol", which is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The CAP is comprised entirely of volunteers who conduct inland search and  rescue missions.

Louis Thomas is a long time member of this organization. Thomas said, "We exercise all the things we're supposed to know how to do in these training exercises. We're practicing search and rescue for flooding potential areas, and searching for people".  This exercise is performed up to eight  times a year to ensure these volunteers are properly trained. Thomas said, "We are all the time training just for the eventuality that we are called out to a real mission. We get called out all the time".

Nationwide, CAP volunteers conduct 90 percent of all search and rescue missions. On average, they save 80 lives every year. CAP works closely with U.S. homeland security and disaster relief.

If you would like more information on volunteering, visit: http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ .

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