Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, NER-NY-153

Civil Air Patrol - The official auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Long Island Group Search and Rescue (LIGSAR) Academy




The Long Island Ground Search and Rescue Academy was established in November 2005 with the intended purpose of creating a training environment that would centralize and standardize Emergency Services training amongst the eight squadrons of Long Island Group. The curriculum has been designed to not only match but to enhance the Emergency Services program set forth by National Headquarters. Furthermore, the LIGSAR Academy has successfully been able to create and sustain a higher standard of training while promoting Emergency Services Search and Rescue within the Civil Air Patrol.


Courses Offered 


BASIC Operator Course - to earn Ground Team Member 3rd class


Objective: You’ll learn what equipment you’ll need and how to use it properly, basic navigation, wilderness survival, and basic Search and Rescue Techniques.  This course will bridge the gap from an introduction to Emergency Services to becoming a certified Search and Rescue team member.


ADVANCED Operator Course - to earn Ground Team Member 2nd Class

Objective: Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll build on your knowledge by learning more advanced land navigation and advanced land survival techniques. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge to be deployed on rescue missions for up to 48 continuous hours unassisted and able to perform your duties as an expert land navigator.


EXPERT Operator Course - to earn Ground Team Member 1st class

Objective: This rigorous course tests your accumulated skills while continuing to build your knowledge. You will be trained to assist your Ground Team Leader and help guide your team to the objective. With this certification you will be prepared to be deployed on actual missions for up to 72 hours without assistance and master the skills of a ground team member. Upon graduation, you will be certified as a GTM1 as well as be eligible to fill a staff position as an Instructor at the next LIGSAR Academy.


MASTERY Operator Course - to earn Ground Team Leader (must be 18 or older).


Direct Link - http://www.ligsar.org

Cadet Flying

C130 Orientation Flight

Cadet Encampment

Emergency Services GTM Training

Balloon Festival

Cadet Activity

Cadet Flightline Crew