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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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4 months ago
Maine Forest Rangers

THIS is why landowners often close their gates in the Spring here in Maine.

Sometimes people make mistakes. But sometimes they go around and through gates to do it on purpose. When they do the ... See more

4 months ago
North Maine Woods, Inc.

Be advised if you are traveling north this weekend.

Current Road Conditions (updated May 14, 2019)
*The 106 Road at 7 mile is washed out and impassable.
*The Michaud farm is washed out at 16 mile and travel beyond this is not advisable.
*The Seboomook ... See more

4 months ago
Maine All Terrain Search and Rescue

Yesterday 3 of our members participated search for Ryan Messer in Carmal/Hermon. As part of the search, we assisted in a ground search with 36 other members from the Maine Association for Search And ... See more

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

The Search And Rescue season has started a little earlier than usual with five searches in April involving the Maine SAR Team. The teams have all had good training over the winter and are hopefully ... See more

4 months ago

Ranger 955 landing yesterday during the search

4 months ago

Yesterday 3 of our members participated search for Ryan Messer in Carmal/Hermon. As part of the search, we assisted in a ground search with 36 other members from the Maine Association for Search And ... See more

4 months ago
Jonathan Parker

You heard it from Warden Parker now, don't bypass the gates and respect land owner's.

NO means NO! 🚫 = NO tooooooooooo! A Closed Gate means road closed! Abuse of Private Property each year restricts access to thousands of acres! Damaging roads, ditches, busting gates and locks ... See more

4 months ago

The wardens service has located the two people missing in Millinocket.

#UPDATE: The two women missing have been spotted by plane near the Caucomgomoc Lake region. That’s according to Maine Game Wardens. Ground crews are on their way to them. They appear to be healthy.

4 months ago
Search underway for two missing women in Millinocket area

There's a search underway for two women in the greater Millinocket area.

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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