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.  We currently provide search and rescue services and assistance to AHJs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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 in wilderness land search, technical rope rescue, cave rescue and incident management. RAT-SAR works as a stand-alone team or attached to other teams operating under an Incident Command System. 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
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

Advanced Rescue Class

RAT-SAR co-instructed an Advanced Wilderness Rescue class with search and rescue personnel in North Carolina on July 17-19. The class was hosted by Haywood Community College and involved 3-days of advanced techniques often found in extended rescues in remote mountainous terrain. On the second day, the class responded to a real-world callout involving a hiker who …

Sipsey Search

RAT-SAR was called out at 4:30 this morning to assist with a search in the Sipsey Wilderness for a family of four. It was a great day working with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, as well as other teams from across Alabama and Tennessee. The family was found in good condition …