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

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

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

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Did you know by completing a quiz listed below, you could be entered to win a day with a Warden K-9 team and assist in training. This is a great opportunity for the winner interested in dogs, law ... See more

Do you have what it takes?

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Oakland Maine Police Department

Mason has been found safe.

***Mason has been found and returned to his family***

Alert. Missing Child***

The Oakland Police the Maine State Police and the Maine Wardens Service are currently searching for a ten year old ... See more

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Dirigo Search and Rescue

Saturday April 20th, The 53rd annual Kenduskeag stream canoe race will be taking place from the village of Kenduskeag to downtown Bangor. Due to the high volume of participants and ... See more

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Man last seen at Acadia National Park found dead

Our thoughts are With Adam's family and friends.

A man last seen in Acadia National Park earlier this week has been found dead.

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National Park Service Conducts Search For Missing Man - Acadia National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Acadia Park Rangers are still searching for Adam "AJ" Emmett who was reported to be seen on April 8th near the Schooner Head Overlook.

Currently the Park Service has conducted a search in the area ... See more

BAR HARBOR, MAINE- The National Park Service (NPS) is searching for a 45-year old man, Adam “AJ” Emmett, who was last reported seen early morning on Monday, April 8. The NPS is searching a large ... See more

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Off-Road Basics: Trail Etiquette

Before you hit the dirt, you need to know the unsung rules of the trail. These will keep you safe and the trails open for future generations.

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Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park requests your assistance in locating this person.

If you have any information regarding this individual
Please Contact Maine Warden Service 973-3700 or Acadia ... See more

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Maine State Police - Headquarters

Our thoughts are with Trooper Campbell, his family, and the rest of the emergency services community.

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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