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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 curriculum. It is intended to extend the academic reach and excellence in training demonstrated through NESA; a proven record of rigor and quality education programs.

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, chaplain, and other disciplines.

Since its fledging days, the curriculum at Camp Atterbury have 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 April 2019, the first formally endorsed NESA-MTT courses were offered at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and members from California, Arizona, Nevada. and Texas Wings participated in the classes. Since first piloted, over 500 CAP members from 23 Wings have been trained. More units are on the schedule for Fiscal Year 2020

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.

Many of the courses are provided to CAP by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for delivery and all the course instructors meet NESA/FEMA qualification standards.

All courses and instructors are approved by the National Headquarters Director of Operations.

CAP’s 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. In most cases CAP instructors exceed the certification/experience requirements of FEMA; offering quality curriculum; with operational experience; and lessons learned from actual disaster/emergency and search & rescue missions.

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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