SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Members of New York’s Civil Air Patrol participated in training exercises across the state on Saturday.
In Syracuse, hundreds of Air Patrol volunteers at Hancock Field ANG base prepared for emergency situations, including search and rescue missions.
The Civil Air Patrol operates as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Cadets as young a 12 years old work within the group on a volunteer-basis.
About 90% of the country’s inland search and rescue missions are conducted by the Civil Air Patrol. On a yearly basis, they save about 75-100 lives.
In addition to Syracuse, training exercises were also held in Albany and Long Island.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol, you can find more information here.
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