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.
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
4 straight days of search and rescue operations for the RAT-SAR team. Monday and Tuesday in North Carolina on the Seger Search and then Wednesday night and Thursday in the Bankhead National Forest searching for two women who became lost along the Lawrence/Winston county line. Again, can’t say enough good things about the teams we …
RAT-SAR would like to thank Haywood Search and Rescue, all the rescuers, incident management personnel, and agencies who put their all into finding Chad Seger. The terrain and remote nature of the missions made for a difficult search operation, and while this was not the result we were hoping for, we were honored to play …
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.