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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1 week ago
Veazie police searching for missing man

VEAZIE - Police in Veazie are searching for a man who hasn't been heard from

3 weeks ago
Rescue swimmer awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for swimming through hell to rescue 59 others

He swam at night through 80 knot winds, ripped through a roof without the aid of a chainsaw and was repeatedly hoisted more than 100 feet into the air while battling turbulence and dangerous power ... See more

3 weeks ago

Be on the lookout for this bearded man reported by PRCC

1 month ago

No training due to holidays this weekend, please work on your MASAR online course if your currently working on it

1 month ago

Posting a photo of Dakota alone so people know who we are looking for. I hope the quality is okay. Still no updates, so please keep sharing. She was walking around 11pm in the South Street area of ... See more

1 month ago
Scout Troop 76 - Old Town, ME

The Old-Town Boy Scouts are asking for donations for items to construct Crisis Care Kits for families displaced by disaster.

2 months ago
Peace River K9 Search and Rescue Association Inc.

Man's bestfriend always has your back, but we still suggest bringing your map, compass, and gps with you.

2 months ago
Photos from Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue's post

A member and avid plane spotter got a few shots of the Coast Gaurd crew preparing to head home from Bangor International.

2 months ago
Police searching for possibly injured Lincoln man who walked away from car crash in Lee

Maine State Police are looking for 25-year-old Brett Doane. They say he walked away from a vehicle crash that happened Monday around 3 a.m.

2 months ago
Maine Forest Rangers

It's really impressive what the forest service can and will do to protect our beautiful state and its inhabitants.

Vegetation fire near the shore of Attean Pond in Attean Township.

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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