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

Rescue Training

This weekend’s training had members of RAT-SAR back in North Carolina practicing highlines and 2-rope offsets systems with North Carolina search and rescue team members.

Weaver Point Training

Members of RAT-SAR were back out at Little River Canyon’s Weaver Point today replacing a loose anchor bolt (with permission from the Park Service) since so many recreational rappelers use this place. While there, we decided to get some skills practice in, as well as trying a couple of different techniques. We placed a gin …

Search and Recovery

On Wednesday, members of RAT-SAR assisted in the search and recovery for a 24-year-old man whose life was claimed by a fatal fall on Monday at Whitewater Falls in NC. His body was recovered Wednesday afternoon. We also mourn the loss of a rescue team member from the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, who tragically lost his life …