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ORWG Emergency Services Training

updated 09/29/23



Contact the ORWG ES Director

Want to contact members holding/training for a specific ES Qualification?  Here is the list of the email distribution lists that can be used - ORWG Distribution List address list.



Upcoming Externally Hosted ICS Training


New FEMA Emergency Management Institute Learning Management System

The FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is launching a new Learning Management System (LMS); they will be rolling it out in late Spring 2023. It’s supposed to be a more interactive experience with progress tracking. This will only be for independent study courses; be sure to please keep all certificates for the in-class training.

To prepare for this:

  1. Be sure your FEMA student ID (SID) number and contact information is correct and up to date.

FEMA Student Identification (SID) System (dhs.gov)

Please go to this site, and log into FEMA SID – you may need to update your password. Once you’re in, verify all your information is correct by using the tabs to your left.

If you don’t have a FEMA SID, you need one! Register for one.

  1. Request a copy of your student transcript.  Go to this link and follow the instructions.  Request the Student copy. 

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) | Student Portal (fema.gov)

3-day Basic Inland SAR Course (BISC) -  Salem Oregon, 14-16 November 2023

OEM State SAR will be hosting the 3-day Basic Inland SAR Course (BISC). It will be at their new building in Salem Oregon, 15-16 November 2023.  More information will be posted when available.


Link to Register


2023 Upcoming NESA-MTT classes

Here is the current schedule of NESA-MTT virtual ICS training classes:

  • Nov 18-19      ICS-400

MTT Course Applications Instructions

MTT Course Application Form

Submit completed and singed by unit commander form to LtCol David Rudawitz for Wing approval and submittal to NESA-MTT.

FEMA Damage Assessment Training

FEMA Damage Assessment Training is temporarily Unavailable.

During last year’s Hurricane Ida event as well as this year's Kentucky flooding and Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, hundreds of our members were able to support CAP's response by taking part in crowdsourced imagery-based damage assessments for FEMA. Over the past several months, FEMA and the CAP Geospatial Team have updated the Damage Assessment tool that is currently being used, and the training associated with it from the lessons learned. If you are interested in supporting this effort, you will need to complete the required training. It involves four modules and should take between 2-6 hours to complete. Beyond the basic knowledge-based lessons and quizzes, interested personnel will need to conduct practice assessments and be graded against them using the actual tool.

All CAP members, cadet or senior member, regardless of where they are in the world can sign up.  Once after completing the training, you can be involved in supporting a disaster response (hurricane, fires, tornadoes, floods, etc.) if called upon to help. Again, regardless of where you live.  For more information go to this webpage.

You must complete the training to be eligible.

To sign up, please click on the following link: Geospatial Damage Assessments Training | FEMA Geospatial Resource Center (arcgis.com) 

Note: please only submit one account request, it may take a day to receive the email with the login details, so please be patient. Submitting multiple requests for access will just create confusion and possibly cause errors in the sign up.

If you have issues or don’t receive an email after the first day, please have them send an email to the help email: fema_dmg_assmnts@cap.gov.  

Once you complete the first 3 modules, it may also take time for the automated email giving you access to the damage assessment module to be sent to you. When you complete the assessments, and select the grids as completed, a final completion email will be sent if you passed.

For additional training, sign up to join the CAP Geospatial Community of Interest (COI), on the National homepage. You will be added to the COI and can ask questions in the FEMA Damage Assessment Training channel and can collaborate with their peers. It will also be where all major disaster damage assessment responses will be conducted from.

FEMA Shelter Field Guide Training

With the increasing need for help at shelters, supporting different organizations when needed is an excellent opportunity for CAP members to support their communities.  The Shelter Field Guide course provides the knowledge and skills required to provide support.  Members please follow the instructions and links under the “To Apply” to apply for the course.  If you have any questions, the best source of information is the EMI Training Point of Contact listed on the attachment. Classes are offered on a first come, first serve basis, so please register as quick as possible in order to have a spot in the course.

Shelter Field Guide Training Announcement Attachment

FEMA K0419 – Shelter Field Guide Training for State and Local 
Communities – Virtual course
Shelter Field Guide Electronic Copy

Points of Distribution (POD) Training


 The New Information and Communications Technology Branch for ICS Webinar 6/28/23 1830 PDT

FEMA's recent release of the Information and Communications Technology functional guidance for emergency operations centers (EOCs) and incident management teams (IMTs) represents a sea change for communications units across the response and recovery sectors. The new guidance puts information technology and cybersecurity on the same level as interoperable communications and breaks the communications unit out into its own branch within ICS. In this presentation, we'll talk about the changes recommended, what effect they might have on EOC / IMT operations, the rationale behind and design of the new structure, and what might be expected in the future.

Presenter - Aaron Fox

Aaron Fox is an emergency management coordinator with Washington County, and is responsible for EOC communications. He is also an Oregon credentialed Communications Unit Leader (COML), a communication technician (COMT) with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Blue incident management team, and a co-chair of the Oregon Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Technology Committee. In other words, a real communications geek.

Links to slides and webinar

Beyond the Mute Button – Microsoft Teams Basics with some Tips and Tricks Webinar

Wednesday March 8, 2023 1900-2000 PST Recording

Microsoft Teams is a great way to collaborate and offers some significant horsepower with a simple interface.  Join Senior Member Ed Gonzales as he walks us through getting started with Teams capabilities, including sharing files, creating channels and posts, search, and much more. 

Senior Member Gonzales is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) in the Business Applications arena, as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer.  While new to the Oregon Wing, he had spent a couple of years in a composite squadron in Orange County, California.  He is currently working in Tech Consulting as a Power Platform Solution Architect, and enjoys learning by sharing his knowledge with others. 

ORWG ES Webinar - Beyond Line-of-Sight LMR Communications Planning

Wednesday October 12, 2022 1900-2000 PDT

What do communications and mission planners have to do to ensure communications between the ICP and tactical resources in the field when the area of operations is outside of the range of their land mobile radio systems?  In this webinar, we will examine this challenge and look at the pros and cons of a number of potential tools available to CAP that can be used in these situations.  I would urge communicators, communications planners, incident management personnel, as well as air and ground crews to attend this webinar.  This webinar was recorded.



Microsoft Teams Training

As our use of Teams grows please encourage squadron members unfamiliar with Teams to watch these training videos provided by Microsoft.  Microsoft also offers training videos on YouTube.

  • March 2022 - Beyond the Mute Button – Microsoft Teams Basics with some Tips and Tricks - Webinar
  • April 2020 - Microsoft Teams Overview by Col Brian Bishop - Webinar


FY24 Training Schedule

ORWG FY24 Training Program Presentation to the Commanders August 2023

October 21-22, 2023 – ES Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Classroom Training

Mission No - TBD   Project Officer:  Lt Col David Rudawitz

Location: Aurora Operations Center/Aurora Squadron HQ

IC: Lt Col David Rudawitz

Registration: Selected through recommendation from squadron commanders

ORWG ES program has developed a Train-The-Trainer (TTT) program to train selected personnel in our units to deliver training, classroom and practical, to their unit members for the introductory ES qualification (MS/MO, MRO, MSA, and UDF) as well as a Basic ES Academy applicable to all ES personnel.  In addition to their units, those trained in this new program will also be asked to conduct training for nearby units working as clusters.  The ultimate result is to enable our units to be self-sufficient, individually and collectively, to train and qualify our members for these ES qualifications.

Volunteers will be selected from our units to attend the planned training and then continue on with providing training in our units/area.  Unit commanders have been asked to identify and vet volunteer candidates from their units to be trained as trainers. 

Here are the desired attributes for these candidates:

  • Qualified and experienced in the qualifications that they will teach.  The candidates do not have to, nor are expected to, teach all of the programs.

  • Attend the TTT program as well as attend the classroom component for any of the qualifications for which they will be instructing.

  • Agree to conduct at least one complete program (classroom and practical), a year, for each qualification for which they will be instructing.  This can be in their unit, their unit cluster area, or elsewhere in the Wing.

Note that we are not requiring that these candidates be SETs.  However, it is thought that most will be or will become SETs for the program(s) they will be supporting.

Transportation and RON for Friday and Saturday will be provided using training funds for selected out-of-area students.  In addition, those out-of-area instructor candidates successfully completing the TTT program will also have transportation and RON costs covered to attend their required classroom programs which have not yet been scheduled but are expected to start in January 2024 and occur on the normal wing training weekend (3rd weekend of the month).  Due to very limited funds for transportation and RON, we will be limited in the number of out of area candidates that can be supported.

November 18, 2023 – UDF Drills

Mission No - TBD   Project Officer:  2d Lt David Mandrell

Location: Aurora Operations Center/Aurora Squadron HQ

IC: Lt Col Rick Koon

Registration: Click to Register

This event/exercise is an opportunity for UDF teams to practice their direction-finding skills with several different targets in one day.  The goal of the exercise is to maximum the time teams spend working the signals and providing the opportunity to cycle through several different simulations in one day.  There will be 3-4 targets in the Wilsonville to Salem area with each one having a specific tasking with some variability in the difficulty.   

Each tasking will consist of a starting location, such as an intersection, where the signal should be able to be acquired.  If the signal is not acquired, a street and direction of travel will be given that will take the team to a location they acquire the signal.  The intent is to reduce the time “searching” for the initial signal and maximize the time spent DF’ing the signal. 

In preparation for the event, teams should self-organize and report their availability.  This is different than many exercises where members arrive at a location and then are assigned teams.  In order to expedite the morning launches and maximize DF’ing time, teams will organize in advance and a representative of the team will attend a virtual briefing the evening before.  On the morning of the 18th, teams will already have a ground sortie setup and can check in and proceed directly to a tasking.  Teams may choose to work together, or individually, on specific targets.  If you are not a member of a team and/or an UDF SET, you can still participate.  You must register and indicate that you are not a member of a team.  You will be contacted before the training and assigned to a team.  

Communications will be located at Aurora to support the activity.

Objectives are: 

  • Ground UDF drills simulating the terminal aspects of a UDF mission where the team has acquired the ELT signal 

  • Allow participants to experience a number of realistic ELT DF scenarios allowing them to build experience. 

Registration: Click to Register


Requesting A5 & A12 Funded Training - FY23 Air Crew and AP Training and Proficiency Flights

ORWG has created a simplified process to request approval to fly training and proficiency sorties under mission symbols A5 (training) and A12 (proficiency). A training flight (A5) is when any aircrew member is a trainee. It is intended that ES personnel work with their unit ES or Operations officer to coordinate and complete the required paperwork.
Here are the steps:

  1. Determine if the sortie(s) will be proficiency (A12) or training (A5). Proficiency sorties may be conducted under A5 at the discretion of the DOS. 
  2. If proficiency, select the mission profile (and include in the sortie briefing) from the choices in CAP Standard 71-4 “AFAM-approved Proficiency Flight Profiles.”
  3. Open the appropriate mission in WMIRS:
  1. Create the proposed sortie(s) in the selected mission. Complete the CAPF104 data using the WMIRS Sortie Main and Sortie Briefing screens. Complete all fields and for those that do not apply enter “N/A.”
  • Sortie briefing should be just like an actual mission.​
  • Do not just say "MS training flight"
  • Be sure to reserve the desired aircraft.​
  1. Arrange for FRO, AOBD, and MRO support for the sortie(s) - ORWG Distribution List address list.
  2. Send an email to DL-ORWG-DTY-DirectorofEmergencyServices@ORWGcap.org with the mission number and sortie(s) numbers being proposed. Your request will be reviewed (typically within 24 hours) and you will be advised by return email if approved or additional information is needed. A log entry in the IC log for the appropriate mission will be entered by the Wing DOS staff with the approval information to provide a permanent record. In addition, wing approved FROs and IC will be copied on the approval email which will serve as notification of the approved sorties.
  3. Fly the approved sortie(s) and fully complete the sortie debriefing in WMIRS, submitting all required receipts.

In order to provide near-mission realistic operations and training/proficiency opportunities for AOBDs and MROs, units will be required to plan on including MROs and the aircrews will exercise all normal mission sortie radio communications (engine start, wheels up, in area, OPS normal, target sighting (if appropriate), RTB, and wheels down) which the MRO will enter into the comm log for the appropriate mission number and assigned to the appropriate sortie. ReadyOp can be used as appropriate and available where radio facilities are not available. An AOBD should also be utilized to perform the sortie briefing/debriefing. Units without organic MROs or AOBDs can solicit support from any other unit and request assistance from the DOS.  Under unique circumstances, the DOS may approve a sortie without this support.  Your first contact to find assistance is with your unit ES or Operations Officer.   They can contact the weekly duty AOBD for support if needed. The ORWG Duty Alerting Officer (an IC) will provide IC support for the sorties unless the unit arranges for another IC.  To reach out to ORWG ES personnel for assistance, use the Distribution List - ORWG Distribution List address list.

In addition, in order to comply with CAPR 60-3 documentation requirements, for A5 sorties, ORWG Duty Alerting Officer (or IC provided by the unit) will prepare an ICS-201 form documenting the sortie(s) and upload it to the mission files (Forms folder). If desired, the unit may prepare an IAP and upload that to the mission files forms folder obviating the need for an ICS 201 form.

OPLANs and Reference documents


Internal Training Links

  • ORWG ES Training Channel - Link - This MS Teams channel in the ORWG ES Team is the ORWG repository for ES and Operations Training including ES and Operations Officers professional development track.  You can find training materials, links to recordings of previously presented trainings, and some reference materials.
  • ES Officer Meeting Folder
  • ORWG ES Training Recording Catalog - October 2022 - Here is a consolidated list of ORWG ES training recordings.
  • Qualified Supervisor Table (who can supervise trainees)
  • Sortie Equivalency Chart - Personnel serving in certain duty positions on training or actual missions may be given credit for participation in other areas towards renewal of their specialty qualifications. This chart outlines the specialties that may be accepted as equivalent for renewal of specialty qualifications.
  • ES Achievement/Task cross reference matrix


Links to the ORWG ES Training Team specific qualification channels.  Each include task guides (as available), SQTR blanks, training materials, presentations, recorded webinars, and links to other materials.

Air Crew & Flight Line
Ground Team












Skills Evaluators (SET) and Qualified Supervisors

Skills Evaluators, also known as SETs, are appointed by the Wing ES Director and are authorized to validate the training of CAP members.  See CAPR 60-3 2-2. Documenting Specialty Qualifications para a.  Reports showing the SET personnel are available in OpsQual.  However, eServices permissions restrict members to obtaining this information for their unit of assignment and below.  Below is a list of the ORWG SET personnel.  This list will be periodically update.

ORWG Skills Evaluators (SET) - August 2023

Qualified Supervisor Matrix

Mandatory SET Meeting 8/1/22 Recording  Slides



External Training Links and Calendars

FEMA Training Links

FEMA ICS Courses Online
  • IS-100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System- Link
  • IS-200 - Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response - Link
  • IS-700 - An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) - Link
  • IS-800 - National Response Framework, An Introduction - Link
FEMA Course Application Approvals

All members are encouraged to attend Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed courses hosted on campus at Emergency Management Institute (EMI), at a regional delivery site, or sponsored by the states. In general, CAP’s agreement with EMI is that any CAP member wishing to attend E courses, those resident courses held at EMI, are expected to complete the online application at DHS-FEMA General Admissions Application or the FEMA Form 119-25-1 (Block 22) and have it signed by their Wing Commander, and this generally applies to other courses run through their system/process as well; the host of the course determines if this will be done by an online application or by the use of the form and obviously has greater control over applications.

Additionally, for those interested in attending a FEMA Train-the-Trainer Instructor course on behalf of CAP, CAP’s agreement with EMI is for the member to have the online application or form signed by the CAP Director of Operations or designee.  It is normally recommend completing the electronic application if given the option as it is very quick for processing and makes it easier for EMI, as well, so it goes smoother. To complete the form, each student must have a Federal Student Identification number (SID) which can be obtained at Register for your FEMA SID (dhs.gov); they can’t just leave it blank or use their CAPID instead.

FEMA Shelter Field Guide Training

With the increasing need for help at shelters, supporting different organizations when needed is an excellent opportunity for CAP members to support their communities.  The Shelter Field Guide course provides the knowledge and skills required to provide support.  Members please follow the instructions and links under the “To Apply” to apply for the course.  If you have any questions, the best source of information is the EMI Training Point of Contact listed on the attachment. Classes are offered on a first come, first serve basis, so please register as quick as possible in order to have a spot in the course.

Shelter Field Guide Training Announcement Attachment

FEMA K0419 – Shelter Field Guide Training for State and Local 
Communities – Virtual course

FEMA Points of Distribution (POD) Training


Virtual Learning Materials

Login to ORWG Office 365 account maybe required to view.

NESA Training 

ES Officer Orientation

ES Officer Professional Development and Support

Air and Flight Line Operations Training

Air Crew Training
Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD)
Aviation Weather Videos
Flight Line Training


Basic ES Training

GES Training
MRO Training
WMIRS Training
  • Entering position report data into WMIRS from ADS-B sources - Slides
  • WMIRS training videos - link
Wildland Fire

GIS Training

  • CAP Crowdsourced Disaster Damage Assessment Program Webinar - Wednesday November 9, 2022 - Recording

ICS Training

ICS Fundamentals Review (7/18/20)
Area Command Briefing (7/18/20)


IMT Training

Base Staff Reference Information

Links to Base Staff materials in the ORWG ES Teams site

IMT Personnel
IAP Development Overview (08/18/20)
Missing Aircraft Search Procedures Training (5/16/20)
Operational Planning - The Tactics Meeting and ICS-215 (7/28/20)
Planning P Workshop

Planning Section Training

Resource Unit Training (5/16/20)

Logistics Section Training

Communications Unit Leader Training

Resource & Supply Ordering Training (8/4/20)


SAR Training

ELT DF Training 
Virtual Ground SAR Training
Links to Ground/UDF Materials in the ORWG ES Teams site


Useful ES Links

CAP Grid System Information


ICS and ES Forms and Job Aids 

ICS Forms

CAP Specific Forms


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