Civil Air Patrol Hazleton Composite Squadron 203

Semper Oriens

Meals for ES Missions

Never bring glass.

Pack two meals in your 24 hour/day gear and five meals in your 72 hour/extended gear.  This is not including snacks.

Plan on two breakfast meals and five lunch or dinner meals (lunch and dinner are interchangeable meals).

Plan on not being able to heat up at least two of the lunch/dinner meals.  Try them at home, if they don't taste good cold, find something else!! 

Typical lunch/dinner meal options are canned meats/tuna, MRE style meals, Mountainhouse (freeze dried or dehydrated) style meals.  Weight is an issue with the canned meals and if not a pop-top can, you need a can opener.  Extra water is needed (therefore more weight) for the Mountainhouse style meals and most need the water to be heated.  MRE-style meals tend to cause constipation in some people; you need to drink more fluids (therefore extra weight).  MRE style and Mountainhouse style also take more time to make/eat. Go for a variety, try not to bring all MREs or all canned or all Mountainhouse.  Eat your MRE style or Mountainhouse style as dinner when there is more time.

Breakfast meals tend to be canned or fresh fruits, Mountainhouse style granola cereals or egg meals, oatmeal packets, protein drinks/bars, pop tarts (these can cause dehydration, so limit them).  If you skimp on breakfast, you will end up eating all your snacks to get you thru to lunch and when you need the snack for an energy boost - they're all gone.  Note: if bringing fresh fruit, make it an orange, apple, or pear, something not with a soft skin that can hold up in a pack.  Peaches, bananas, strawberries, kiwis are not good choices.

Instead of spending a lot of money on pre-packaged, store-bought meals, you can make up your own.  A zip-lock freezer bag can be used to make your own meals.  For example: Put 1/2 cup of instant rice, 1 packet of cream of chicken cup-a-soup in a zip lock bag and bring a can of chicken.  Heat up 8 oz of water, pour into baggie and add your can of chicken.  Takes about 5-6 minutes for the rice to "cook" and you have creamy chicken and rice for a fraction of what it would cost. You can also substitute a packet of tuna for the chicken.  This stays within the 10 minutes it takes to heat a can of food on the fire because the small amount of water heats faster than the canned meals and that gives you the time for the rice to "cook". 

You can experiment with these kinds of recipes at home and not waste a lot of money in the process. 


How to become General Emergency Services Qualified

Cadet and Senior Members should click on the link below. Watch the slide presentation and then take the Questionaire.

Click this link for the Genreal Emergency Services Training Materials

Once a member has passed the current CAPT 116, they are considered 101 qualified in the GES specialty qualification, and can then continue on to receive training in other specialties as outlined on the apporpriate CAPF 101Ts.

How to become Ground Team Member 3 Qualified

Once you have completed the above step, go to the Documents page and download the GTM & GTL Reference and a GTM 3 SQTR Form.  The reference is large, so you will probably want to save it and not print it.  The first step is to bring in your SQTR and have it signed by the Squadron Commander authorizing you to begin training.  Once you feel you are ready to test, bring your SQTR Form to a member who is SET qualified to sign off for GTM3.  In our Squadron, that would be Maj Pace.  Whenever you go to training at HMRS or a Group/Wing Search and Rescue Training Mission, bring your form, there will always be several qualified members to test you and sign you off.

You will also need to complete 2 FEMA on-line courses: IS-100 and IS 700.  You will need to complete CAPT 117 Part 1, once the webpage opens select this questionaire.

On Person

  • Complete BDU Uniform
  • Notepad and pencil
  • All CAP certification (101, ROA, First Aid, SQTR)
  • Watch
  • Handkerchief or Tissues
  • Orange Reflective Vest
  • Comb or Brush (optional)
  • Ground Team Members Handbook
  • Signal Mirror
  • Pocket or Utility Knife, multipurpose with canopener
  • Whistle

72 Hour Pack or Extended Gear

  • Tent
  • 5 meals (for this training mission a total of 4 meals: 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
  • 2 Garbage bags
  • Waterproof bag containing a spare uniform; underwear and socks (3 changes of each)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sewing Kit
  • Shoe Shine Kit
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toilet Kit
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Shaving Kit
    • Deodorant
    • Washcloth and soap
    • Towel

Day Pack or 24 Hour Gear 

  • First Aid Kit
    • 2 antiseptic cleansing pads
    • Antiseptic ointment
    • 6 bandaids, various sizes
    • Moleskin, 2" x 4"
    • Roller bandage
    • 2 Safety pins, large
    • 4 Gauze pads
    • 1 Triangular Bandage
    • First Aid Tape
    • Personal Medication
    • Rubber Gloves, 2 pair minimum
  • Duct tape, 10 ft
  • Large Garbage bags
  • 12 wooden waterproof matches, with waterproof container and striker
  • 1 green chem light (glow stick)
  • 50 ft of nylon line (paracord)
  • 1 pair of socks
  • Flagging tape, 1 roll
  • Flashlight, red lens, spare bulb, and batteries
  • Flashlight, spare (penlight, etc)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Toilet Paper
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Interviewing Forms (Ground Interrogation Forms)
  • 4 Moist Towelettes
  • Calling Card / Cell Phone
  • 2 meals
  • Poncho / Rain jacket
  • 2 Quarts of water
  • Compass (Orienteering or Silva preferred)

Click this link to print out a copy of the packing list: ATTACHMENT C Packing List.doc

Click this link to print out a copy of the Equipment Required for Winter SAR Operations.doc