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Civil Air Patrol Trains for Emergencies in East Reno

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Nick Montes
Channel 2 News

Saturday was training day for several pilots and support staff with the Civil Air Patrol. Some do it to gain flight experience or to give back to the community, while keeping the Truckee Meadows safe from above.

Kasey Stevenson is not like most 17-years-olds, she's trying to get her pilot's license. She loves to fly. "It's awesome. There's just really no way to describe it until you get up there and you absolutely do it," Kasey Stevenson, a Civil Air Patrol cadet says. She's volunteering to make sure she gets the experience she needs to get accepted into the Air Force and become a pilot."We do radios, we do flying just general emergency services," Stevenson says.

They were preparing for emergencies. These volunteers of pilots and other support staff train at least once a month.  The volunteers are debriefed on the day's weather, so they can take flight and train. From what Channel 2 Meteorologist Ron Percivalle said, the skies were clear for the Cessnas to take off.

"We are testing our abilities to do search and rescue, assisting other federal agencies for disaster relief," Tom Cooper with Nevada Wings Civil Air Patrol says.  

Pilot Paul Thorne participated in a mission that made international headlines, the search for Steve Fossett. "It was very intense. And every air crew wanted to be the crew that found Steve Fossett," says Thorne.  

That's why they do it to help the communities around them, turning a hobby into community service. "I got my pilot's license and thought it would be a good idea to return to the community through volunteerism," he says.  

The Civil Air Patrol started in December 1941, one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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