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

Cave Rescue Exercise

The RAT-SAR team spent the weekend with teams from North Carolina for their third annual cave rescue exercise. The event has grown since its inception three years ago with more rescuers and teams participating. This year’s even featured a multi-drop vertical that required the rescuers to navigate some horizontal passage, as well as raising the …

SPAR / SRT Class

Great weekend working with folks from the North Carolina teams at the Southwestern College SPAR/SRT class. Two days with a lot of different techniques including traveling hauls, pickoffs using victim’s rope, high directionals, guided rappels, bottom up rescues, improvised anchors, rebelays, SRT climbing, take-down raps, breaking into mainlines, lightweight single rope systems, contingency lowers, buddy …

Advanced Rescue

Members of the RAT-SAR team assisted with teaching the Advanced Wilderness Rescue class in Pisgah National Forest this past week.  Wilderness Week is a week-long training event for North Carolina Search and Rescue personnel with several classes going on at the same time.  We worked on tree rescues, single rope rescues, twin tensioning systems, traveling hauls, high-lines, …