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
  • Incident Management / Search Planning
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

NCEM MSAR Awareness Course – January 8-10

RAT-SAR had a few students in the 2021 North Carolina Emergency Management MSAR (Mountain Search and Rescue) course. The weather was perfect with plenty of snow and cold air to expose the students to the rigors of working in cold, mountainous conditions.

SARTECH Certifications

RAT-SAR would like to congratulate the Lawrence County (AL) and Florence PD (AL) members (as well as a few RAT-SAR members) who passed their NASAR SARTECH II certification testing and evaluations this past weekend. Their respective agencies and the state of Alabama have gained a few more valuable resources. Good job all!

Search Dog Training

A rainy day training session yesterday with the Huntsville Search Dog Unit working their live find and human remains dogs. Great team and good training. Look forward to working with them in the future.