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 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 AHJs in 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, 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 / Search Planning
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

Sipsey Search

Thanks to everyone who responded to today’s lost person search. The check-in sheet shows a total of 26 responders from Lawrence County, Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit, NW AL K9, SARTEC K9 and RAT-SAR.

East Tennessee Search

RAT-SAR was called out to assist with a large search in East Tennessee. RAT-SAR team members from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee spent 3-days on the ground and covered six separate missions in rugged terrain. Latest update: https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/crews-scaling-back-search-for-summer-wells/ Timeline of the search for Summer Wells