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

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7 months ago
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

A reward is being offered for any informatin that leads to the aprehension of the individual(s) responsible for causing damage to private property in Thorndike last evening.

We are asking that ... See more

8 months ago

Although we haven't posted much recently, we are alive, well and functioning. As we were getting ready to post spring events, they were getting cancelled due to the virus spreading. Our normal ... See more

8 months ago
Maine Association for Search And Rescue (MASAR)

Press release below is from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 20 volunteers from the 15 MASAR teams are responding. Anyone with any information regarding Lamson is encouraged to ... See more

9 months ago
Maine Association for Search And Rescue (MASAR)

FOUND SAFE! This is the best kind of search! At 1:38 p.m. today, the Maine Warden Service put all 15 of MASAR's certified units on standby so that our certified searchers could prepare to respond. At ... See more

9 months ago
12-year-old autistic boy missing from Levant

12-year-old Isaiah Farrington was last seen around 12:30 Friday afternoon on the Horseback Road by a bus driver.

9 months ago
Coast Guard maneuvers

We have been noticing the Canadian Coast Guard has been flying a C130 from KBGR the last week as part of Joint Operations with the USCG.

Today, Tessa Chaffey Ftorek took this video of Canadian ... See more

9 months ago
Drones for Search and rescue...

New England Drone Works, LLC is a proud sponsor of MATSAR (Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue) This video will touch on the MATSAR schedule, personnel and r...

10 months ago
WSKI 17 Sugarloaf

This am cloud cover at the top of skyline
Very strange

10 months ago
Veazie police searching for missing man

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

11 months 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

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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