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

CERT Training

RAT-SAR recently conducted a 4-hour Introduction to Search and Rescue class for C.E.R.T. personnel (Community Emergency Response Team) in Whitfield County GA. Topics covered were basic wilderness survival, putting together a kit or backpack to have while assisting with SAR callouts, and basic human tracking, clue awareness, and grid searches. The class was divided up …

Land Nav Training

RAT-SAR instructors trained up another 17 students this past weekend in the art of land navigation. This is a crucial skill for adventurers and SAR technicians working in the backcountry. While we all love the convenience of electronic devices, never trust them as your only means of navigation. Learning how to use map and compass …

Mountain SAR

RAT-SAR Team members recently participated in a Mountain SAR rescue class in North Carolina along with other search and rescue teams. The 3-day class introduced students to the exposure and remote areas often seen during mountain SAR operations. With a peak recorded wind gust of 76 MPH and temperatures that dropped to 18 degrees, the …