Southern New Jersey is best known for miles of sandy beaches, vacation destinations, and casino gambling.  Not far from crowds of tourists the shore gives way to the quiet solitude of lakes, forests and rivers.  Here, tucked into southern and central New Jersey lies the Pinelands National Reserve, dedicated by Congress in 1978 as America’s first National Reserve; 1.1 million acres of protected and developed farms, forests, and wetlands.  Known locally as, “The Pine Barrens,” it is home to over 100 species of threatened and endangered plants and animals. It is also home to over 700,000 permanent residents.                .

In 1994 a small group of Emergency Services workers saw a need for professional search and rescue resources in this unique area and Mid-Atlantic Regional Search and Rescue was born.  Since then MARSAR has assisted federal, state and local law enforcement, park service, and other responsible authorities in hundreds of missions in four states with expertise in Search Management, Hasty, Grid Search, and Rescue Teams, as well as Wilderness Emergency Medical Services.

Whether the call is to search a crime scene, find a lost child, or bring a wandering Alzheimer’s patient home safely, the volunteers of Mid-Atlantic Regional Search and Rescue are prepared to carry out their missions at their own expense and in every extreme of weather,

 “Every Hour of Every Day.