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

Kevin Lynch Search – Smoky Mountains National Park

After spending four nights in the Smoky Mountains near the Cataloochee Trail, Kevin Lynch was found by search and rescue personnel, alert and responsive.  It was a true honor for RAT-SAR to work alongside many other professional agencies, ultimately leading to this very successful outcome. We can’t thank all the volunteers and agencies enough for …

WFR 2019

July, 2019 – Members of RAT-SAR participated in a 5-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification course hosted by Randall’s Adventure & Training. Scenarios included everything from a mass casualty plane crash incident to common fractures often seen on hikers and backpackers. Wilderness First Responders are individuals who are trained to respond to emergency situations in remote locations. They …

Cave Rescue Exercise

The RAT-SAR team spent the weekend with teams from North Carolina for their third annual cave rescue exercise. The event has grown since its inception three years ago with more rescuers and teams participating. This year’s even featured a multi-drop vertical that required the rescuers to navigate some horizontal passage, as well as raising the …