Who We Are

RAT-SAR is a 501(c)(3) specialized 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 is comprised of team members with extensive training in technical rope rescue, cave rescue, wilderness search, wilderness medicine, and disaster relief. RAT-SAR works as a stand-alone team or attached to other teams operating under an Incident Command System.

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
  • Natural Disasters
  • Team Training

Latest News

Lafayette Parish SAR

RAT-SAR team members spent the last couple of days training members of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team in single rope rescue techniques. Louisiana’s Lafayette Parish SAR has 60 team members with a wide range of experience from search tactics to water and technical rescue. It’s an honor for RAT-SAR to be …

Warehouse Fire

RAT-SAT team members assisted Etowah County EMA at the command post during ongoing operations resulting from a large warehouse fire in Attalla, AL. The warehouse contained compressed paper products requiring more than 150 firefighters and 60 departments to contain. RAT-SAR would like to thank all the departments, firemen, first responders, volunteers, and the Etowah County …