Jeff Randall has spent the past 20 years tromping through the jungles of South America as well as managing international projects in all corners of the globe. He is also a writer and photographer covering survival topics as well as special operations in Latin America. As a co-owner of Randall’s Adventure & Training his goal was to bring good, affordable training to anyone who needed or desired to learn to survive/rescue in the wilderness or in a remote Third World environment. His specialties include Land Navigation, Map & Compass, Single Rope Techniques (SRT) and High-Angle Rope Rescue. He is a certified at the technician level in Rope Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue (Advanced), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), a graduate of the Peruvian Air Force’s ESSEL and also holds NRA certifications in Pistol/Personal Protection and Range Safety Officer. Jeff is also a member of the RAT Grotto of the National Speleological Society and the Treasurer for RAT-SAR.
On July 12, 2021 RAT-SAR responded to a request for assistance by Patrick County, VA sheriff’s office to locate a missing person. Sadly, the search became a recovery mission when the person was found deceased.
RAT-SAR was called out to assist with a large search in East Tennessee. RAT-SAR team members from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee spent 3-days on the ground and covered six separate missions in rugged terrain.
The 5th annual cave rescue exercise with North Carolina rescue technicians and RAT-SAR didn’t disappoint with its challenging, flooded conditions inside the cave and a high line rescue across the main pit entrance.
We train for these types of operations a lot. This past week we put our single rope access skills to use on a multi-day search in rugged terrain. Many thanks to the Haywood Rescue Squad SAR team for their work and expertise, as well as NW Alabama K9, SARTEC K9 and HSDU for their work on this search. Please keep the Williams family in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Thank you to every team, every rescuer, and every volunteer who poured their heart and soul into finding Mr. Williams. I so wish for the family and everyone involved that the outcome would have been different. Thank you to our team members who never stop training and never give up on doing everything they can to make a positive difference in someone’s life. Helping others is what makes this life worth living, even when the outcome is not what you hoped for.
Last week while training in NC, RAT-SAR participated in an active search for a 45 year-old subject at Dupont State Park in North Carolina. While the outcome was not what we hoped for, we were happy to support our search and rescue partners in North Carolina.