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NESA - Mobile Training Team



The National Emergency Services Academy – Mobile Training Team (NESA-MTT) is an extension of the annual NESA program, providing nation-wide Emergency Services (ES) certification and other curriculums. It is intended to extend the academic reach and excellence in training demonstrated through NESA, a proven record of rigor and quality education programs. It is not a replacement for any Federally delivered or State Training Officer (STO) provided Emergency Management training program.
Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) NESA program was founded in 1996 as a means for increasing the knowledge and professionalism of CAP members in Incident Management, Aircrew, and Ground Team ES response. During its first two years all the classes were delivered in Virginia. By 1998 the program had moved to Camp Atterbury, Indiana and has resided there ever since, providing unsurpassed ES professional development in multiple incident management, public information, communications, aircrew, ground team, safety, chaplain, and other disciplines.
Since its fledgling days, the curriculum at Camp Atterbury has grown from two two-week field SAR classes to now nearly 30 separate courses. During 2017-2018, CAP introduced the NESA- MTT off-campus extension program with pilot deliveries in Arizona, Texas, and New Jersey.
In 2019, the first formally recognized NESA-MTT courses were offered in 16 states across the nation (including Alaska). Since first piloted, over 1400 CAP members from 32 Wings have been trained. More units are on the schedule for 2020; please see the link to the left with the NESA-MTT FY 2020 schedule.
The mission of the NESA-MTT program is to institute an out-reach capability to all regions; while still providing a high-level of professional instruction, and fidelity in course delivery excellence; at a much lower cost to all CAP members and the overall organizational enterprise. Again, it is not a replacement for locally provided or STO AHJ programs. Those should be the “first-stop” for training.
Most courses are provided to CAP by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); approved by the National Headquarters Director of Operations (the FEMA recognized Authority Having Jurisdiction over CAP training programs). Other curriculums and CAP home-grown to meet special mission requirements. You can find the list and descriptions of all courses to the left under NESA-MTT Courses.
The NESA-MTT is an extension of the proven NESA pedagogy model; an outreach program extending the opportunities of ES training nation-wide, while reducing overall costs of training and education to the CAP enterprise. All CAP instructors are selected by the National Headquarters and exceed the certification/experience requirements of DHS/FEMA; offering quality curriculum; with operational experience and lessons learned from actual disaster/emergency and search & rescue missions.
* COVID – 19 Note:  Since the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and National Headquarters prescribed protective measures for CAP members, to minimize exposure to Corona Virus infections, the NESA-MTT has leveraged this challenge into an opportunity for the employment of Virtual Delivery of many courses. As a result, many courses are being provided in a virtual synchronous (not online) classroom environment. No modification of curriculums, curtailment of class time, or change in course objectives have been made and the students have received the same quality of education & training. This does not mean we will be going to be exclusively dependent on virtual deliveries; we will consider it one of the tools in our academic toolbox for use when (preferred) face to face deliveries are not prudent. 
For more information and questions on the NESA-MTT program, and how to request regional deliveries, contact Dr. Bob Ditch HQ CAP/DOSI at (480) 298-2603 or

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