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Outside training opportunity for FEMA ICS-300 - Kelso, WA

posted Mar 3, 2017, 1:02 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:02 PM ]


Cowlitz County Dept. of Emergency Management is offering an “ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents” class on May 9th and 10th, here at the EOC.

We still have seats available, and would like to invite you, your agency, partners and volunteers to participate in this local opportunity.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, as class size is limited. Any questions, please feel welcome to reach out and we’ll be happy to help!

Note: to get the most out of this training, please make sure to have completed FEMA’s Incident Command classes IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b [online courses available at: ].

Wishing you a great day,


Lorraine Churchill

Emergency Management Coordinator

Department of Emergency Management

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

312 SW First Avenue

Kelso WA 98626


(:  1.360.577.3130

7:  1.360.577.3009

Standard Schedule: Tuesday - Friday




Twitter: @CowlitzDEM

Operations/WSDOT Training Dates on the Wing Calendar

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:52 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:06 PM ]

Looking for Operations Training dates?

Check the Wing Calendar and type "Ops" in the search bar.

11-12 Mar - Group Led Exercise at Thun Field

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:56 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

To All Emergency Services staff, crews and teams:


On March 11 and 12, there will be a Group Led Exercise (GLE) (aka SAREX) hosted by the Southwest Group (WA096) at Thun Field (KPLU) in Pierce County. All Senior Members and Cadets are encouraged and welcome to participate. We need trained ES staff for the CAP-USAF June Graded Evaluation. Cadets - as always, you should alert your chain of command before attending any activities, missions, or training events outside of your unit. 

Thun Field is the Incident Command Post (ICP) and primary Mission Base (MB). Remote Mission Bases (RMB) are welcome and desirable so as to make training available statewide. Group CC's let me know if you can provide and support a RMB or a Staging Area (SA).


0700 - Sign-in at all Mission Bases 

0730 - General and Officer Staff Tactics Meeting at ICP

0800 - General and Safety Brief (ALL Personnel)

1800 - Mission Bases Close (expected time)

ICS-211's for Personnel, Aircraft and Vehicles will be used and sent to the ICP on both days. 


Air and Ground operations begin soon after the General and Safety Brief.  


If you plan on attending, please send an email to me at and tell me the roles in which you wish to participate (MP, MRO, GTL in training, etc.) and where you plan on doing this role.


My intention is to form crews and teams with scenarios to make the exercise as realistic as is possible given the training constraints. So please send me your wish list as soon as practical.


To participate in this GLE, you will need the following:

- CAP ID card

- CAPF-101: Specialty Qualification Card

- SQTR for each of the training roles desired (only applies if in training)

- appropriate and proper uniforms and gear (kit) for your role(s) 

- CAPF-161: Emergency Information

- Safety Currency

- current Aircraft Ground Handling course

- 24 hour pack (especially lunch and snacks - long day) for most

72 hour pack for GTM's unless told differently by the GBD or your GTL


CAP-USAF, NHQ, PCR, and our Wing Commander are very serious about our Safety, proper uniforms and reports.

Plan on returning home if your gear list or uniforms are not complete.  


The following GLE will be April 8-9 at Yakima and hosted by Southeast Group. If it goes well, the May 6-7 and June 10-11 exercises will be at Yakima. If not, we may change the last two to Ephrata. Details to follow the April GLE.


If questions, email me.



Maj Hal Hack, CAP
Washington Wing Emergency Services Officer
Southwest Group Asst ESO
Ft Vancouver Composite Squadron ESO
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

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Skydive Toledo is Hiring!

posted Mar 3, 2017, 9:47 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

Skydive Toledo is looking for 2 pilots this season!

  • Commercial Single Engine Land with 500TT and a 2nd class medical
  • Previous experience flying jumpers and time in 182s highly desired but not required
  • Regular pilot(s) to fly weekends from mid/late March through June
  • 2 full time pilots to fly during their busier summer season
You can expect to log 300+ hours over the whole season. Pay is $20/tach hour, there is an onsite bunk house, and they will generally feed you on Saturday night.

Planes are well maintained and the drop zone is very safety-first so this a great place to learn all about being a jumper dumper (meat bomber).

You can contact the drop zone directly via their website or you can contact

FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council

posted Mar 2, 2017, 8:18 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:06 PM ]

Children and Disasters newsletter header


Youth across the Nation have the opportunity to make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of their communities and beyond. Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade who have engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to serve on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council

Formed in 2012, the Council engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Over the course of a two-year term, members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

Applications are due March 31, 2017. For more information and to see the projects current members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website. To submit an application, visit the application website

18-19 Mar - Oregon Wing hosts field training exercise

posted Feb 11, 2017, 1:58 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

Oregon Wing hosts field training exercise for anyone interested in getting involved in ground team operations!
Washington Wing members are invited
, and all members are highly encouraged to attend.
Training will be conducted 
at all levels from Ground Team Member – 3 to Ground Branch Director. 

An aircrew survival course may be available if there is enough interest.

This activity is an operational training mission with an approved mission number in WMIRS and will be credited as mission participation for specialty qualification. 
  • The cost is $20 + $1.99 for trainees and $10 + $1.49 for staff.  
  • Sign-up will require a CAPF 31 with **Wing Commander approval.**
    Cadets shall submit completed CAPF 31s through their unit Chain of Command for Wing Commander approval.
    Officers will follow their unit Chain of Command (SQ CC to Group CC to Wing CC).
  • Members are advised to submit CAPF 31s signed first before paying. 
  • Additional information (including packing list) will be sent out when paperwork is received. 
  • The deadline to apply will be 1 March but may be extended if necessary. 
  • All participants will have to have GTM-3(T) on their 101 card.
  • There is a $500 budget for fuel so those who want to be reimbursed will need to talk to Maj Paquin first so that he can plan accordingly.
This activity is an operational training mission with an approved mission number in WMIRS and will be credited as mission participation for specialty qualification. 

5, 12, 19 Dec - Operations Training

posted Dec 6, 2016, 4:49 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

There will be an orientation program for new CAP pilots the first three Mondays in December. 

05 Dec - Course Syllabus - Washington Wing Stan/Eval Officer Col David Lehman
12 Dec - WMIRS - Washington Wing Director of Operations Major Ralph Black
19 Dec - Course Syllabus - Washington Wing Stan/Eval Officer Col David Lehman

The program will cover all the information new pilots need to pass a CAPF 5 check ride, and accomplish all the paperwork. The program is designed for new pilots, but all pilots and mission flight crew are welcome to attend. 

There will be Webex sessions for the first three Mondays in December from 1900 – 2100. Registration via Webex is required to participate online. The link to register for the session is included below. Attendees will get audio either by having Webex call them back or they can use computer audio. Attendees can join the teleconference 30 minutes in advance. Attendees can download and print any presentations used in the session.

21-23 Oct / Field Emergency Services Training (FEST)

posted Oct 14, 2016, 8:34 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

We are excited to offer a new training opportunity supporting Civil Air Patrol's Emergency Services mission!

 - Emphasis will be on minimizing classroom (through efficiency) and MAXIMIZING field time for our ground team training modules!
 - Earn your MSA qualification with a "real world" approach!
 - SQTRs will be signed off each training event for those tasks successfully demonstrated!
 - The Staff members are extremely experienced in the topics to be presented and have decades of instruction under their belts!

Who:  Any Washington Wing CAP member desiring to further/refresh their ES skills 
What:  Ground Team member 3 & Mission Staff Assistant instruction

Register and mail payment no later than 17 Oct 2016 - go to link for all the specifics! 

15-16 October / Emergency Services Training Academy

posted Sep 28, 2016, 7:01 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:18 PM ]

We are proud to announce our next upcoming ESTA will take place October 15th and 16th 2016 at Camp Robert L. Boucher. Expect to arrive Friday October 14th for check-in. Specific checking times and details are listed on the ESTA registration webpage.

Our focus for this drill weekend will be Ground Team Basics, Instruction on Ground Team Member Lvl-3, GES-117 Part-1, and a Cadet Basics Course.

If you would like to participate in the upcoming drill weekend please complete the registration document linked with this announcement. Please refer any questions to

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