MAT+SAR Search & Rescue is a non profit, 501c3 corporation that was started in 2003.  MAT+SAR serves the entire Matanuska Susitna Valley, in South Central Alaska and other locations throughout the State as directed by the Alaska State Troopers.

Many members of MAT+SAR are also involved local Emergency Services representatives.

MAT+SAR has the following teams available for searches:

  • K9
  • Ground
  • Medical
  • Motorized
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Our highly trained K9 Teams are trained in air-scent, trailing, land and water cadaver, avalanche and evidence search.  Teams are dispatched by the Alaska State Troopers and other local law enforcement agencies and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


Ground Team members are required to complete initial and ongoing training to maintain team membership.  Team members have training in CPR+ First Aid, Land Navigation, SARTECH III & II plus survival training to name a few.  Our Ground Team members often work as support for our K9 team as well. 


Our motorized team members use ATV's, Snow machines and other methods of transportation to conduct search and recovery missions.  Motorized team members become certified each year in order to conduct searches.  Like other teams, when needed, they are dispatched by the Alaska State Troopers.

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Interested in becoming a member?

If you are interested in becoming a member of the team, click on the link to the right.