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 operate and have provided mutual aid 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

COVID-19 Status

RAT-SAR is still responding but with limited resources due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If your agency needs assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Haywood County SAR / RAT-SAR Training

With the hiking and backpacking season fast approaching, members of RAT-SAR spent the weekend with Haywood county (NC) wilderness SAR team training for search and rescue operations in the mountains of western North Carolina. Mission planning, mapping, searching, patient packaging, and rescue raises and lowers were practiced. It’s always great sharing knowledge and working with …

Lawrence County SAR

Several members of the RAT-SAR team worked the weekend training the newly formed Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency SAR team. Lawrence county covers a large portion of the Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead National Forest. This wilderness area includes rugged terrain, high angle elevation and numerous watercourses and waterfalls. We completed a 2-day land navigation …