Maryland Search and Rescue (MSAR) is a volunteer, non-profit, Wilderness Search and Rescue team based out of Howard County, Maryland.

We provide all-weather search and rescue services for lost person and downed aircraft incidents throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We are dispatched to emergencies through local, state and federal authorities. If you have a search emergency, contact 911!


MSAR offers the following capabilities to authorized agencies:

  • Professional assistance during Search and Rescue emergencies and disasters
  • Ground Searchers
  • Wilderness EMS Providers
  • Wilderness Rescue/Evacuation Specialists
  • Search Managers
  • Lost Person Behavior Instruction

Maryland Search and Rescue trains and supports youth members through Boy Scout Venture Crew 616. The venture crew is coed, and requires youth members to be at least 14 years of age.

MSAR never charges law enforcement agencies, government organizations, or lost persons for any of our emergency services. We are 100% volunteer, non-profit, and do not charge for search or rescue services.