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 as their incident commanders deem necessary.
MMSAR members may opt to perform Support Services, Ground Search, and/or Mounted Search functions. Want to be a member but you don't have an equine? That's perfectly fine, we have several members who solely perform Support and Ground Search services! Don't want to Ground Search but interested in administrative or computer-based tasks? Are you good with event planning, fundraising, grant proposal writing, or logistics? If so, contact us, you could still be a valuable Associate member!
As professionals, members are responsible for attending quarterly unit meetings and monthly training sessions as well as maintaining required certifications. As a volunteer organization, members supply their own basic equipment and supplies as well as donate their time and fuel.
We accept members from anywhere in the State of Maine and even have members from New Hampshire! Wider membership residency means we can respond faster to searches all over Maine. Because our membership is statewide, 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.