January 21, 2018
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Jim B. from Maine Search and Rescue Dogs (MESARD) pauses to listen during a search.

Most Mainers probably don’t think about the ongoing training and skills needed by Search and Rescue volunteers unless someone they care about is lost, but on May 17-18 the topic will be front and center at the University of Maine.

Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR) is a non-profit organization that helps the Maine Warden Service search for people who are lost or missing. This year, MASAR’s annual training conference will be held on the weekend of May 17-18 in Orono at the University of Maine’s New Balance Recreation Center.

Many of the seminars are hands-on, and include topics such as Land Navigation, Weather Awareness, Evidence Preservation, Mantracking, Lost Person Behavior, and Radio Communications. There will also be small-group outdoor training exercises in Litter Carry, Shelter Building, Land Navigation, Clue Awareness, and Radio Communications.

The conference is open to anyone aged 18+ who is interested in these topics, or who thinks they may want to become involved in Search and Rescue.

Day-of registration is allowed, but we cannot guarantee meals or lodging for anyone whose registration form is received after May 12. The registration fee is $100 per person. More information, including the registration form and event schedule, can be found at www.mainemountedsar.org/masar2014 , or by calling 207/234-1001.