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.

The RAT-SAR team includes a physician assistant (PA), EMT’s, wilderness medics (WFR), rope rescue technicians, cave rescue technicians, swiftwater rescue technicians, land search technicians, wide area search personnel, and NASAR SARTECH I & II personnel. RAT-SAR works as a stand-alone team or attached to other teams operating under an Incident Command System.

The RAT-SAR area of operations includes Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, with team members in each state. RAT-SAR stands ready to assist AHJs in the Southeastern U.S. with the following:

  • Wilderness Land Search
  • Backcountry Technical Rescue
  • Cave Rescue
  • Swiftwater / Flood Rescue
  • Team Training

RAT-SAR maintains equipment to support search, rescue and patient evacuation operations. Each member carries personal equipment adequate to ensure self-sufficiency in both underground and above ground environments for extended periods of time.

RAT-SAR is not an Emergency Medical Agency, although many of its members are licensed medical responders. Our mission is locating, accessing, stabilizing, and safely transporting patients to areas where EMS and definitive care operations can be performed.

RAT-SAR is fully licensed, insured and ready to assist any agency, within the bounds of its charter, as a public service.

RAT-SAR does not self-dispatch. Individuals needing assistance with an emergency should contact 911. An AHJ should contact the RAT-SAR Team directly to request assistance: (256) 458-3184, (256) 613-3834 and (256) 679-2596. RAT-SAR dispatches its members via Active911. AHJs may contact us for codes for direct dispatch.