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MASAR promotes and develops search and rescue (SAR) capabilities and resources in the State of Maine, and acts as a liaison between Maine's volunteer SAR organizations and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and similar agencies both in and out of state.
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Search Brief by Wardens

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MASAR Annual Training 2012
MASAR Annual Training May 2012 Photo by Steve Mitman

Purpose of the Organization

The Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Maine in 1990. It's main purpose is to promote and develop search and rescue (SAR) capabilities and resources in the State of Maine with the underlying principle of saving lives. To serve this purpose, it organizes symposia providing classes in SAR topics for SAR personnel across the state and, in conjunction with the Maine Warden Service, plans mock search practice sessions to provide realistic training for volunteers and Game Wardens statewide. To promote individual and unit competence and to develop confidence in the abilities of SAR volunteers statewide, it has developed standards defining the knowledge and skills SAR unit members must have and manages the certification procedure for volunteer search and rescue personnel in state.

MASAR provides a forum for Maine’s volunteer SAR organizations to express their concerns and exchange ideas in the furtherance of SAR throughout the state. It also acts as liaison between the individual member organizations and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), and similar agencies both in and out of state.

Maine Association for Search and Rescue MASAR Purpose, Revision 0, 19 July 1997

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MASAR meeting are held quarterly on the first Sunday of March, June and December. During September, the meeting is held the second Sunday to avoid the Labor Day holiday weekend. The meeting time is normally 13:00, and meetings rotate between the IF&W headquarters in Sidney and Bangor.
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Announcements
 
The next quarterly meeting will be December7, 2014 at the Bangor IF&W headquarters, 650 State Street, Bangor. The regular meeting will start at 13:00.

The September meeting has been cancelled due to a search scheduled on that date.


Lt. Kevin Adam of the Warden Service is asking that Units keep track of their miles and hours at searches and at formal trainings. ICS form 214 is available here.

 

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BASAR ONLINE (Basic Search and Rescue)
The course is up and running. If you are associated with a MASAR Unit ask your unit for a coupon to make the course for $10.00. The regular price is $35.00. Go to http://www.mainee-learning.com to sign up.
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MASAR 2014 dues are due for Unit members on Jan. 1, 2014. Dues are $45.00 per year. Units need to remain “active,” that is, pay dues, for their MASAR certifications to remain valid, to maintain their memberships and to vote.

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