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.  RAT-SAR is founded on the Mountain Rescue / Alpine principles of self-sufficient, mobile teams trained to operate on-trail or off-trail 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 and cave rescue. 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
  • Cave Rescue
  • Swiftwater / Flood Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

Rigging For Rescue

Members of RAT-SAR placed several much-needed bolts at Buck’s Pocket state park (with the park’s blessings). Although most rescues and recoveries are performed by other teams at the park, the bolts will make future rigging cleaner, safer, and more efficient.

Tuscaloosa County

RAT-SAR members, along with Lodestar Professional Services, completed an expanded NASAR Initial Actions class this week with Tuscaloosa county (one of our areas of response). Present in the class were deputies with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa Fire Department rescue techs, and Tuscaloosa EMA. Awesome class with a great group of motivated and dedicated professionals. …