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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

News from us:

1 day 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks ago
Hampden Public Safety

MISSING PERSON

Nathan Osborne-14 years old
Last seen on the Monroe Road in Hampden.

Nathan wandered into the woods behind the residence at 415 Monroe Road. He also may have been in the area of ... See more

2 weeks ago
Jeff

Rick has been found safe and sound!

FOUND: Missing man from Greenville

Arnold "Rick" Bowie who was reported missing from Greenville has been located safe and well.

We would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

2 weeks ago
Greenville Police Department

UPDATE:

Arnold "Rick" Bowie is still missing added is a pic of Rick's Jeep.

3 weeks ago
Greenville Police Department

GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

We are seeking the public's assistance in finding Arnold "Rick" Bowie a Greenville resident. He has not been spoken with since approximately October 19th and his family ... See more

3 weeks ago
MESARD (Maine Search And Rescue Dogs)

Waterville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a young Waterville mother who was last seen Tuesday morning. 29 year old Melissa Sousa of 32 Gold Street was last seen about 8:30 AM ... See more

3 weeks ago
Maine Remote Access Project

Some of our members attended a training session at the Maine Emergency Managment Confrence for this very topic.

The Maine Forest Service and Maine National Gaurd are not the only services who ... See more

For 10 years LifeFlight has been working with all of our partners on creating a network & infrastructure of off highway remote landing zones. We are always looking to expand and make better our ... See more

3 weeks ago
Press Releases: News & Events: Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

At approximately 11:37 a.m. today (October 18, 2019), Bangor Regional Communication Center contacted the Maine Warden Service and said they received a call via satellite phone from an Outward Bound ... See more

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Welcome

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