Who We Are

RAT-SAR is a 501(c)(3) regional search, rescue, and training organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama and member unit of the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads.  The team provides search and rescue services and assistance to AHJs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. RAT-SAR is founded on the Mountain Rescue / Alpine principles of self-sufficient, mobile teams trained to operate for extended periods of time in remote wilderness, mountainous, high angle, subterranean and other austere environments. RAT-SAR does not charge for its services.


RAT-SAR is comprised of team members with extensive training and experience in wilderness land search, technical rope rescue, backcountry rescue, cave rescue, and search incident management. RAT-SAR works as a stand-alone team or attached to other teams operating under an Incident Command System. RAT-SAR also offers certified NASAR training to search and rescue members. RAT-SAR does not charge for any of its services.

The RAT-SAR team stands ready to assist AHJs in the Southeastern U.S. with the following:

  • Wilderness Land Search
  • K9 (Area, Scent Specific, HRD)
  • Incident Management / Search Planning
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News


April 21, 20121 – RAT-SAR signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit (HCRU) to provide mutual aid for search and rescue operations. HCRU has existed since 1955 and is one of the best equipped and capable cave rescue units in the country. The MOU will greatly expand the capabilities of both …

Awesome second weekend of FUNSAR for Fischer Rescue Squad, two members of Huntsville Search Dog Unit, and a couple of RAT-SAR members. Very strong teams with a lot of boots-on-the-ground experience with their respective teams. Special thanks to Corey Speegle and NW AL K9 for helping out with part of the class. If you ever …

February 21, 2021

Special thanks to the RAT-SAR members and NW Alabama K9 members who responded to the callout and search on Sunday. Your strong work and dedication to search and rescue is much appreciated.