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:

11 months ago
Greenville Police Department


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

11 months ago
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

11 months 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

11 months 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

11 months 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

11 months ago

Powerful windstorms are expected tonight and tomorrow.

LIVE: What to expect from tonight and tomorrow's powerful autumn storm.
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11 months ago
Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office

Bruce Lieberman is a resident of Durham, ME and has recently gone missing. We are attaching his picture (6 ft, approx 260 lbs) and a picture of his vehicle (2016 Jeep Patriot) with temporary plates. ... See more

11 months ago
With ‘a mule as an ambulance,’ these Idahoans rescued an injured hunter amid a snowstorm

First responders and regular Idahoans rescued an elk hunter in Central Idaho using packing mules, outdoors gear and creativity. Rescuers included McCall, Grangeville teams and Leighton Vander ... See more

1 year ago

A beautiful tribute to fallen firefighter Capt. Michael Bell, courtesy of Farmington Fire Rescue's former department photographer JP ... See more

1 year ago

Please consider supporting Farmington Fire Rescue by attending this benefit game.

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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