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 is a responding agency for Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Search and Rescue (Bankhead National Forest), and also provides aid to sheriff’s offices and AHJs in 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, hazardous terrain, 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
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

GISAA Training

Two days of great training with GISAA, Morgan County Rescue Squad, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Huntsville PD, ALEA, City of Tuscaloosa, Lee County EMA, and RAT-SAR. Read the news article.


RAT-SAR recently migrated to the D4H database system to more easily manage and document the administration of personnel, qualifications, training, and attendance within our agency. With D4H we are able to track our qualifications, training certificates and re-qualification dates, as well as maintain a detailed record of training exercises and incidents we are involved in. …

Dallas County Search

It’s always much appreciated by SAR teams when the sheriff shows up to show his support during a search mission. Even better when the sheriff puts on his boots and joins the search as the Dallas county sheriff did the past couple of days. Thank you to Sheriff Mike Granthum of Dallas county (AL) as …