In the case that a major disaster ever occurred in a Midwestern state in the U.S., the Fremont Municipal Airport would become a hub for emergency response communication and coordination.
Recently the Fremont Cadet Squadron headquarters at the Fremont Airport was designated one of seven major disaster Incident Command Posts for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
Fremont will be the lead Incident Command Post (ICP) for any major disaster between the Canadian border to the northern Oklahoma border and between the eastern Wyoming border to the western border of Indiana.
If the disaster is a major nation-wide disaster, such as a terrorist attack or electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event, the Fremont ICP will be up and running 24/7 for the duration of the event.
As part of the ICP designation, the Fremont Cadet Squadron headquarters will include a round the clock communication messaging center for the federal government as well as the staging of aircraft and vehicles for aircrew and ground team sorties.
The Fremont ICP will also be manned continuously and have an emergency power supply in the event of an interruption in commercial power. The Mobile Operation Center will also be re-outfitted for “in the field” operations.
To ensure systems are up to par the Fremont squadron headquarters have upgraded antennas and have changed their communication equipment to encrypted output radios.
One of the reasons Fremont was chosen as a major disaster ICP is the level of experience of the personnel at the Fremont squadron, with one of the most experienced Incident Commanders in the CAP being a member of the local squadron.
Another reason is the level of support provided to the Fremont Cadet Squadron by the City of Fremont, and their working relationship between local law enforcement and the fire department.
“I want to say thank you to both of you “Mayor Getzchman and City Administartor Brian Newton) for your support and congratulate Fremont on an outstanding accomplishment,” Steve Kuddes, Colonel CAP, said.
As a major disaster ICP, Fremont would see 175-200 additional personnel from the region in the community using many area services including lodging, dining and retail businesses during these operational periods. The designation also means more training exercises in Fremont in preparation for any incidents.
“It is an honor to say we are not only the Fremont Civil Air Patrol, but we are also Fremont’s Civil Air Patrol,” Kuddes said.
CAP is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force and receives some support from the Department of Defense through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol.
Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving an average of 80 lives a year.
CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.