ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A local nonprofit came out on Saturday dressed in military-style uniforms with orange vests and tools called “emergency locator beacons.” The Abilene Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron was training in urban direction finding.
According to a statement from CAP, the technology was originally developed for aircraft. But since emergency locator beacons are also commonly carried on boats, and sometimes by hikers, the unit needed to learn how to locate the devices in an emergency.
Lt. Col. Jed Taylor explained that the training session was to develop the cadets as integral parts of the team.
“The call to search for a downed or missing aircraft [or person] can come anytime,” LTC Taylor said. “We train and practice so that we are ready to answer the call to help others.”
“[It was a] super fun experience, where I got to do things I had never done before and learn new things while working in a team environment with an exciting mission to accomplish,” said Senior Airman Cadet Ferguson .
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