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

News from us:

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

Here are a few photos of us demonstrating the drones to the founder of Dirigo Search and Rescue after a search today was called off.

3 months ago

Shout out to the "GUMBY" team who decided to stop during the race to conduct an impromptu stream clean up.

Tanner DeWitt and I were picking up a terrible mess down by the stream. We saw the Gumby Canoe go by, tanner waved, and I told them to have a good race. Next thing I know they are walking up the ... See more

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

Photos of our trailer being used as sar command for the kendueskeg canoe race submitted to us by a member.

3 months ago
Click here to support Help Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue organized by Chris Clark

We could really use your support if you can spare a donation. We are already providing services to the state and community, but in order for us to survive as an organization, provide lower-cost ... See more

Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue is asking for your help towards filing for our 501(C)(3) exemption. We have a set goal of $950, this will cover the filing fees and create a contingency fund for ... See more

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

Some of our members from various teams are assisting Dirigo Search and Rescue with streamside safety at the Kenduskeag Stream race today.

3 months ago

Today we are Assisting Dirigo Search and Rescue in SAR command during the Kendueskeg Canoe Race with communications equipment and personnel. Dirigo's founder - Dave is manning our public saftey ... See more

3 months ago

3 months ago
Coast Guard searching for man who fell into Kennebec River

The 35-year-old Wisconsin man was seen going into the river near the Kennebec Tavern in Bath Thursday night.

3 months ago
Game wardens find missing 74-year-old woman

On April 18, Nancy Rumney's husband reported her missing from her Hunt Road home early in the afternoon.

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

Today is Amateur Radio Day.

We have 3 Licensed operators in our group and two more on the way. Ham radio operators provide emergency communications when all other forms of communications fail or ... 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