Who We Are

RAT-SAR is a private, non-profit, non-government, specialized search, rescue, and training organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama. RAT-SAR is founded on the principle of self-sufficient, mobile teams trained to operate in remote wilderness, high angle, natural subterranean, flood / swiftwater, and other austere environments.

Capabilities

RAT-SAR is a private, non-profit, non-government, specialized search, rescue and training organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama.  RAT-SAR is founded on the principle of self-sufficient, mobile teams trained to operate in remote wilderness, high angle, natural subterranean, flood / swiftwater, and other austere environments.

RAT-SAR is comprised of team members with extensive training in technical rope rescue, cave rescue, wilderness search, wilderness medicine, and disaster relief.

The RAT-SAR team stands ready to assist AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) with the following:

  • Wilderness Land Search
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Swiftwater / Flood Rescue
  • Natural Disasters
  • Team Training

Latest News

Initial Actions

On February 8th, Earl Tilton with Lodestar Professional Services taught an 8-hour NASAR class titled “Search and Rescue Initial Actions” for the RAT-SAR crew.  The class is designed for first responders who may be the first on the scene when a dementia patient, lost child etc. has wandered off. The first few hours of any lost …