The Hows and Whys of MASAR

Several years ago, after local residents assisted in the search for Jacquie Waller, it was decided that a local Search and Rescue (SAR) team was needed. Over a lunch meeting at a local restaurant, the groundwork was laid for the formation.

Upon asking local responders, it was found that the local fire departments were conducting the searches for missing people, but had had no regimented and regular training. Missouri did not have a state-wide SAR program or governing agency to oversee training, call-outs, etc. One of the founding members had been a member of a team that was a member of the Illinois Search and Rescue Council. Application was made to them for adjunct membership, and it was approved. This gave the team a training regimen, as well as mutual aid teams to call in when the situation warranted.

It began as the St Francois County SAR Team, but later changed to Mineral Area SAR to fit the needs of the area.