About


Founded in 1991, The mission of DEEMI is to develop with ethics and integrity, systems that will save lives. Through education and training, and using Federal surplus military equipment, to encourage the spirit of volunteerism, and to facilitate the saving of lives in the State of Maine.

We are a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) with a goal to improve Medevac techniques and Search and Rescue in the State of Maine and New England Region. The institutes interests include research in EMS, and Disaster response. These are reflected in our mission statement.


DEEMI responds to requests from SAR, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue and EMS services. In addition we respond to family requests with release. Many of our members are also members among SAR/Fire and EMS services. In addition we have MD’s and licensed medical personnel who interact with family in both a support and a medical history role. This is vital in many cases as many agencies do not have this training level nor understand its need. In conjunction with our 140 plus volunteers from these multiple agencies, we can offer SAR services with significant search capability.

To enhance and utilize the various skills of our members, we operates 3 aircraft including a SAR support helicopter UH-1V former army Medevac model, a twin engine PA31 Piper over water search aircraft, a single engine Citabria bush plane, UAV’s,  HMMWVs, Jeep’s, and other 4WD trucks. Our ground teams operate ATV, snowmobile and standard ground search modes when required.

We have 3 Disaster trailers for deployment of teams, self supporting and with a medical emphasis.
DEEMI acquired and built a new Hangar at Bangor International Airport c. 2002. It primarily houses our Huey Helicopter. It allowed consolidation and improved maintenance for our aircraft at a fixed location that offered the AVITAT services to General Aviation at this airport. It also centralized assets for our teams.
Our  Northeast division is based in Orono, Maine. We have our own Incident command structure, with the above aviation, medical, SAR and mobile divisions. Sections such as the HMMWV or Quartermaster Section are key to our ability to prepare and deploy in an out of New England. We are 100 percent voluntary and community based and funded. DEEMI is an organizational member of the National Association of Search and Rescue.