All operational MESARD teams are trained in one or more of the
following specialties: wilderness air scent search, tracking,
water search and human remains detection. All MESARD dogs are temperament tested
for stability and safety according to Maine Association of Search
and Rescue (MASAR) standards. In addition, MESARD offers these
capabilities to the agencies we assist in search and rescue:
- RAPID RESPONSE: Certified search teams are
prepared to respond within 15 minutes of call out.
- 24 HOUR AVAILABILITY: Dog teams are trained to
work day or night. As a proven night search resource,
MESARD teams allow the agency in charge of the search to
start or maintain a highly effective search effort during
hours when human searchers alone are least capable due
- EQUIPMENT: Each MESARD team carries a 5
watt field radio and gear as may be required to sustain the team for 24 hours.
- MOBILITY: Teams can be transported by vehicles,
boats or aircraft.
- EFFECTIVENESS: Dogs' scent capabilities
allow teams to locate people over large land areas and in
- NO COST: MESARD members provide their services and
those of their dogs free of charge.