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:

7 months ago
Somerset County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Lancaster wants to thank everyone for their quick responses and for shared posts. It is as a result of coordinated effort between the Maine Warden Service, Maine State Police, ... See more

7 months ago
Maine Forest Rangers

This weekend Maine State Forest Ranger Dustin Pickering was severely injured in a fall while on a family camping trip. We learned today that he underwent a 12-hour surgery and that his doctors are ... See more

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

We would like to call this peice "Stuck on a rock at a hard place"

This was taken during a recent trail ride on private property with Penobscot Valley 4-Wheel Drive.

The recovery of this vehicle ... See more

7 months ago
Addison man reported missing

ADDISON - A 42-year-old local man has been reported missing by his family. William Merchant was last seen in Jonesport around July 5. He was reported...

7 months ago

Vacationland Inns & Shindigs generously supports our organization through the use of their facilities.

They are hoping to collect 65 pints of blood in celebration of their 65 years of operation. ... See more

Our morning team sat down with Vacationland Inn owner Leeanne Hewey to talk about a blood drive happening this Friday. Hewey said they're celebrating Vacationland Inn's 65th annivserary today. To ... See more

8 months ago

8 months ago

Due to other events that will affect participation of Board Members, we have decided to cancel this months members/board meeting until next month.

9 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

9 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

10 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

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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