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Team Functions

A SAR field team is never a single person, for obvious safety reasons. Depending on the task assignment and field conditions, a team may vary from two to as many as twenty or more. It is useful to think about … Continue reading

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Spending a night in the wilderness

So you are about to camp out. This may be planned or unplanned depending on how you day has gone. Hopefully you have given yourself some good options – because there are many ways to sleep in the woods. If … Continue reading

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SAR considerations for people with dementia.

There are groups that are more prone, or at risk, to being lost and involved with Search and Rescue than others. Some of the traditional SAR subjects include… A child who wanders away from their home and gets lost People … Continue reading

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Searcher Interviews

Its been a while since I have posted to our blog, but I hope that this post will be helpful to you if you want to become a searcher with our team. As you train to become qualified to search, lead search … Continue reading

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Search and Rescue Dogs, Horses and Iguanas

As a traditional "ground team" Maryland Search and Rescue does not directly work with or rely on SAR dogs / K9s, or require members to have a search dog. If an MSAR member is interested, they will have opportunities to … Continue reading

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Donate to MSAR just by shopping at

By clicking on this link, Maryland Search and Rescue Inc, a 501c3 non-profit, will receive 0.5% of all eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Go ahead and buy those hiking boots, a headlamp, a jacket, a compass… whatever… and know that you are … Continue reading

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Search and Rescue Knots Knots are important for search and rescue because a good rope can be made to serve many purposes. Here are the ones that members are required to learn as a minimum body of knowledge For Call-Out … Continue reading

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Incident Command System

If you want to do Search and Rescue work, you need to be familiar with the the Incident Command System (ICS). Whether you are a volunteer SAR team member, a community member, or an emergency responder (like a police officer … Continue reading

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Free Orienteering Courses

If you are interested in orienteering, or becoming more familiar with maps and compasses, an MSAR member is teaching four orienteering classes for Catoctin Mountain Park. March 16, 22, 23, 29 @ 1 PM Each class starts in the visitor … Continue reading

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Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is a key element of survival and perhaps the only aspect of a survival situation that you have total control over. As opposed to survival elements that are out of your control: weather, availability of food … Continue reading

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