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Civil Air Patrol holds cadet search and rescue exercise

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The Civil Air Patrol hosts a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) at the Iowa City Airport so cadets can learn emergency response basics.

 "You've got your 12 to 18 year olds, that are gonna go out on ground searches and the search and rescue for the missing child," Iowa Public Affairs Officer Sara Mutcher said. "You've got the air crafts that are gonna be taking off as well."

The simulated exercise is created as realistically as possible so cadets know what to do when someone is in danger.

Iowa's Senior Squadron flew the planes for cadets during air searches.

While the cadets don't fly planes during a SAREX, some of them are in the process of getting their pilot's license.

"We don't actually teach them to fly, but there is a program where they can go and do a summer encampment," Mutcher said. "It's basically like a summer camp, and by the time they're done, they are so close to getting their pilot's license."

Cadets may be young, but through the skills they've learned in SAREX, they feel they're able to protect the people of Iowa.

"When they call, I can answer, because I feel like that's important for people in the community that can say I will help," Civil Air Patrol cadet Jeremiah Holt said. "I have the ability to help. I also have the training to help, which makes me proud."

Cadets completed missions in Amber Alert response, aircraft down and photography.

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