Welcome to Down East Emergency Medicine Institute (DEEMI). Thanks to our dozens of volunteers, we offer our services at no cost. Our goal is to improve Medevac techniques and Search and Rescue in the State of Maine and the New England region.


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Each month we highlight one of DEEMI’s section units. This month – UAVs/Drones

We have been using drones in most our ops for nearly 4 years!  Since our first search using a drone on May 31, 2016 when we were called to assist Orono Fire Department for a missing kayaker, we have used our drones 53 times, assisting partnering agencies such as Bangor PD, Orono FD, Maine Forest Service, Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine Warden Service, as well as at the request of a number of families. Our drone searches have spanned along waterfronts such as the Penobscot River, Kenduskeag Stream, Penjajawac Stream, Penobscot Bay in Hancock and Stockton Springs, behind Wal-Mart Bangor; deep into the woods at Pistol Lakes; and into the towns of Presque Isle, Hampden, Bangor, Old Town, Frankfort, Staceyville, and Columbia Falls, just to name a few.

Our drone pilots and Richard Bowie’s interviews appear in three differnet national magazines – Inside Unmanned SystemsAviation for Womenand AMC Outdoors.

Other section units include Fixed Wing (aircraft), HMMVW (Humvee), Rotary Wing (helicopter), and IT/R&D.

For information regarding current, recent and past searches, see DEEMI’s Search and Rescue page HERE and for other Searches in ME, NH and VT being conducted by other dedicated agencies and organizations see HERE .

–> Watch our featured video, professionally produced by DJI  to learn much more about DEEMI’s mission and the people we serve. -video link-



Watch the FEATURED VIDEO below by DJI  to learn more about

DEEMI’s mission and the people we serve.