Why S&R? 

The following PBS short (if you can get through the ad and first 2 minutes) explains how North SAR contributes to the State of Maine.


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15c i Other Documentation that might be useful in supporting the project


Term Explanation
CPR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – A technique to restart a disabled heart and restore breathing
DIFW Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, one of our sponsors
MASAR MAINE ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE An organization which supports the Manne Warden Service which  is sanctioned by the Maine Department of Department of Fisheries and Wildlife to administer 15 Member Units for Search and Rescue in Maine by specifying train requirements for volunteer searchers and administering certifications of Units and volunteers. see:
MASARD A K9 S&R team within MASAR
MOHF Maine Outdoor Heritage Foundation, one of our Supporters
North SAR A nonprofit Maine corporation organized to administer S&R activities under MASAR. See http://www.northsar.org
Ranger A Ranger who works for Baxter State Park, one of our sponsors.
S&R See Search and Rescue
SAR See Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue The organized effort to look for a missing individual or group, administer emergency first aid and transport the subject(s) to a hospital for further examination and care.
STL Search Team Leader, a MASAR designation for an individual who has met certain training, experience and proficiency requirements.  see:
STM Search Team Member, a MASAR designation for an individual who has met certain training, experience and proficiency requirements.  see:
Warden A Game Warden (at the DIFW who is a Search Team Leader) who works for the Maine Warden Service
WFR Wilderness First Responder- Advanced S&R training valid for 3 years, requires 2 weeks of training and costs $675.

Checklist-Winter Baxter

Personal Gear Checklist-Winter Baxter

  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Anchor building material
    • minimum- 1, rappel device,
    • 1 cordellette,
    • 4 locking carabiners,
    • 2, two foot slings,
    • two prusik loops
  • General mountaineering ice axe with leash
  • 10/12 point crampons
  • Proper winter climbing boots
    • (soft soled boots and micro spikes will not be acceptable)
  • Snowshoes
  • Goggles
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Balaclava / face mask
  • Proper layers (plan for several hours of low activity on Saturday)
  • Compass
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Headlamp

Additional Recommended Gear

  • 1, ice screw
  • 1 snow picket
  • Avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel
  • Snow Saw