primary purpose is to promulgate standards for
search and rescue volunteers, provide quality
control for search team members, promote training
for volunteers and assist local search and rescue
Units in training and certifying their members.
MASAR also performs vital networking services
between the volunteer Units and user agencies. MASAR
is also the primary dispatching service for Maine
SAR Units. Currently, MASAR does not have a large
budget, but it does have insurance, office and
training expenses to meet, and any donations to
MASAR will go to enhance the use of volunteers in
search and rescue in Maine.
Functions that SAR volunteers provide in Maine that
are not provided by any other agencies include:
wilderness high angle search and rescue, air scent
dogs for wilderness area search, water search dogs
for water search and equestrian teams for ground
searching. Without the help of MASAR and volunteer
searchers, search and rescue in Maine would be much
less efficient and effective.