Maine Mounted Search and Rescue (MMSAR) is Maine’s only Mounted Search and Rescue unit, and is a Certified team within the Maine Association for Search And Rescue (MASAR). We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional volunteer organization, and our mission is to look for people lost or missing in the wilderness of Maine. MMSAR is on call solely to the Maine Warden Service (MWS) and Acadia National Park, although we are able to respond to searches run by other local and state agencies if the MWS is also involved. If you are in need of search and rescue resources in Maine, please call 911 and ask that they connect you to the Warden Service. The Wardens will then deploy MASAR units if they deem it necessary.
MMSAR members who perform Support Services, Ground Search, and Mounted Search functions. Want to be a member but you don't have an equine? That's fine, we have several members who solely perform Support and Ground Search services! Are you not interested in Ground searching, but you do have administrative or computer skills? Are you good with event planning, fundraising, grant proposal writing, or logistics? If so, contact us, you might still be a valuable Associate!
As professionals, we are responsible for attending quarterly meetings and monthly training sessions as well as maintaining required certifications. As volunteers, the basic equipment is supplied by each member, and we donate our time and fuel.
Wider membership residency means we can respond faster to searches all over Maine. Because we have members all over the state, many of our trainings are held regionally (North/Central/South). We hold the majority of our meetings either in the Litchfield area, or over video conference.