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 other sheriff’s offices and AHJs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. 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
In 2022 RAT-SAR responded to 34 incidents with a total of 3218 man-hours on scene. As of February 6, 2023 we are already at 294 man-hours on scene. RAT-SAR continues …
RAT-SAR was paged out to assist with a search for two subjects who had gone missing in the Bankhead National Forest in Winston County while hiking to Sougahoagdee Falls. The …