FREMONT – The Fremont Civil Air Patrol is gearing up to deploy to Texas.
Due to the high level of experience and knowledge with missing person search, plus being a well-equipped team, the Fremont unit is near the top of a short list of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units being activated for deployment. Colonel with the Civil Air Patrol, Steve Kuddes says the deployment was delayed for a few reasons.
“As the flooding went down, they determined that with the infrastructure damage to roads and some water that still remains it was going to be nearly impossible to use any of the Ground Team resources,” said Kuddes. “So what they were really looking for at that point was the Air Crews to do aerial photography. That’s why the Ground Team didn’t go out.”
Colonel Kuddes added there was also an issue with lodging and feeding the team. Due to the state cutting the state appropriation to CAP to zero, the team has less money to pay for their lodging, and tent camping is not available due to red fire ants.
He says he doesn’t know exactly when the team will be deployed, but they will be prepared and will be on standby for the next few weeks.
“We still are on standby. There is some work down there that needs to be done yet, and the Incident Command staff they have down there does get tired after a while,” said Kuddes. “And I do have experience with that with Hurricane Katrina and also with Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So we’ll be on standby to go down probably for the next three to five weeks.”
The team is made up of five specially trained members, and deployment is expected to take seven to ten days.