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.  We currently provide search and rescue services and assistance to 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 and other austere environments. RAT-SAR does not charge for its services.

Capabilities

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
  • Incident Management / Search Planning
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Mountain Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Team Training

Latest News

Weaver Point

Members of the RAT-SAR team were back at Weaver Point in Little River Canyon this week practicing single rope rescue skills. Weaver is a 185’ free drop providing fantastic views and exposure for recreational rope practitioners who are making the transition from short rappels / climbs to longer drops, or working as cave rescue technicians.