What is it like to be a Maine search and rescue volunteer

Searching for a lost person

The job of a certified Search and Rescue volunteer is no walk in the woods. Crawling through thick vegetation, battling rain and wind, looking for any clue to find a missing person is extremely difficult.Maine Association for Search And Rescue (MASAR)Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & WildlifeJim Bridgehttps://bit.ly/2AsRBi3

Posted by Chris Costa on Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue (MAT-SAR) officially formed Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018.

Mat-SAR  is a non-profit agency that provides services to the state of Maine and the people within. Our services may be rendered at the request of any state agency, local municipality, or directly from any person or family in need.

Furthermore, we hope to provide services in large search areas utilizing modified off road equipment. Equipment may consist of ATVS, snowmobiles, trucks, Jeepsor any suitable off road equipment. We are also capable of providing other services such as emergency communications and essential equipment or licenses to other volunteer organizations as desired.

We also will provide operators who have demonstrated knowledge of off-road ethics and are certified in Tread Lightly. Our members will also have demonstrated skills in recovery utilizing winches, hi-lift jacks, snatch blocks, cables, and straps. They will also have been exposed to and taught how to drive in all seasons through soft, frozen, rocky, steep, or terrain that places a vehicle in off camber positions. We also are willing to recover vehicles that are inaccessible due to terrain, left behind due to a medical incident or accident, vandalized, or at the request of law enforcement. We may not always be able to recover equipment, but we are willing to extract parties involved to safety. Anyone may request our services. We do not charge a fee, but donations are graciously accepted.

However, extreme circumstances we may request reimbursement. Circumstances where reimbursement may be requested:

  1.  The state agency in charge of search has requested reimbursement of services.
  2.  A search was initiated on false or misleading information.
  3.  Our responding equipment was abused/damaged and/or our operators were physically or verbally abused by parties being rescued.
  4.  Our equipment took abuse or damage due to misleading or false information. 5. Parties being rescued were utilizing drugs/alcohol, were engaged in illegal off roading, property destruction, and/or any other illegal activity.

Signed and approved by,

Mike Watson – President

President Chris Clark – Vice President