August 29, 2015

From Baxter State Park Facebook Page Aug. 29, 2015 11:15 a.m.

From BSP Facebook post Aug. 29, 2015 11:15 a.m.
Search effort continues for overdue hiker in Baxter Park.
Baxter Park Rangers, Maine Warden Service personnel, Maine Forest Service aircraft, Civil Air Patrol, and volunteer search and rescue personnel searched on Friday, August 28 for a 78 year old Virginia hiker who failed to return from a Thursday, August 27 hike of the OJI-Coe-Marston Trail loop in Baxter State Park.
Eighty people are now engaged in an expanded search for John Lyon of Dumfries, VA. Search resources include ground searchers, dog teams, and fixed wing and rotor aircraft. Lyon was last seen on the Mt. Coe Trail north of the peak of Mt. Coe around 1:30 pm on Thursday before leaving his three hiking companions, also from Virginia, to hike ahead.
The Maine Warden Service has established a Command Post at the Marston Trailhead on the west side of Baxter State Park approximately 16 miles north of Togue Pond Gate on the Park Tote Road.
The Marston and Mt. Coe Trails have been closed to public hiking to facilitate the search effort. Parking at the entrance to the Slaughter Pond Trail has also been suspended for the period of the search.

August 20, 2015

Wilderness First Aid Class Offered Oct. 3-4

Wilderness First Aid
by: Wilderness Medical Associates

Date: October 3-4, 2015

Location: Kingfield Fire Department, Kingfield, Maine.

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Cost: $199

Photos from 2010 WMA, WFA class at Industry FD and from the WMA WFR class at CVA in 2014.

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.  Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Taught by: Wilderness Medical Associates

Sponsored by: Franklin Search & Rescue (FSAR)

Course topics:
Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine


This course is scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.

Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • Wilderness First Aid Guide
  • SOAP Notebook;
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook


Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

To register:
Contact FSAR team member Melissa Shea:

(207) 319-9583

August 16, 2015

FSAR Rescue Trailer

When FSAR first started over a decade ago, we had no gear-team gear at all. Over the years, as the organization evolved and grew, FSAR has acquired tools and equipment to help us better fulfill our mission. This equipment has been stored in our storage cabinets at the Kingfield Fire Department.  Last fall with the generous support of FCEMA, we were able to purchase a box trailer.  The trailer now houses the bulk of the team gear which can now be transported right to the staging area of an incident. Earlier this month, John, Pat and Barry began phase 1 of the trailer outfitting process by laying out and fabricating tie-downs, straps, shelving and anchor points for our key pieces of SAR gear.  Pat also attached the FSAR decals to the trailer sides. 

We would like to include additional logos and recognition of FSAR team supporters. The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency (FCEMA) purchased the trailer and the new generator, their graphics will be displayed on the trailer.

The FSAR board is looking for feedback on other supporters we might want to include on the side of the trailer. Suggestions so far have been:

  • Kingfield Fire Department
  • Sugarloaf Employees Charitable Trust
  • Kibby TIFF
  •  Franklin County Fireman's Association

Who should we include?

August 11, 2015

Moxie Falls Search Monday, August 10, 2015

FSAR, along with all MASAR ground search teams, and the MESARD SAR Dog team, was activated around 3 a.m. Monday morning to assist the Maine Warden Service in the search for a missing 29 year old woman. She had gone white water rafting earlier in the day and had joined some friends in the short hike to view the falls. She was last seen by her friends around 4:30 Sunday afternoon on an observation platform, in a bathing suit, overlooking Moxie Falls. When her party returned from swimming below the falls, she was gone.

4 FSAR members responded to the call with the new FSAR rescue trailer. A group of 10 MASAR searchers had just been given their search grid assignment and were packing up to head out when the phone call came in that the woman had been found alive. She was found at the confluence of Moxie Stream and the Kennebec River which was right in the middle of the search grid we were given.

Delighted about the happy ending to the search, 8 MASAR searchers hiked down to view the falls which were beautiful.

A good write up of the event is here:

About 10 MASAR members were headed out for the first grid search, when the call came in that she had been found.

Peter from MDI SAR talks with Lt. Adam while the missing woman's family celebrates in the background.

Checking out the falls after the successful conclusion of the search.