First Mission Of 2022

RAT-SAR’s first callout of the new year was a mutual aid assistance call with Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit and Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad for a vertical cave rescue. One person with minor injuries was transported to hospital. The call took approx. 6 hours to complete.

2021 Year In Review

RAT-SAR ended 2021 with a total of 35 calls for assistance ranging from searches to rescues and recoveries. RAT-SAR’s regional search and rescue team continues to grow. In 2021 RAT-SAR supported AHJs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Currently, RAT-SAR has 47 members with most trained at the NASAR SARTECH II level or higher.

In 2022 RAT-SAR will be begin training the Polk County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team, as well as a couple of other startup teams that have requested assistance in forming a new team, as well as having a mutual aid agreement with RAT-SAR.

As always, RAT-SAR appreciates any and all public support. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax deductible with 100% of all donations going to RAT-SAR for operational expenses. All RAT-SAR members, including the Executive Board, are un-paid volunteers. RAT-SAR does not charge for any search and rescue services – this includes not charging for travel expenses and lodging to other states.

Recent calls for assistance

In the last four weeks, RAT-SAR has received four calls for assistance in Alabama and Georgia. Fortunately, two of the calls were resolved before we arrived on scene. RAT-SAR continues to work with AHJs and other SAR organizations to help bring successful conclusions to those who are lost, missing, or in need of rescue. The passion, professionalism and training of our members is making a difference!

Cave Rescue

RAT-SAR assisted Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit with a rescue at Tumbling Rock cave. Subject was towards the back of the cave and had an accident that resulted in a shoulder injury.

Sign Cutting / Tracking Training

Three days of sign cutting, tracking training and response training with RAT-SAR. This training definitely raises the probability of success on a lot of searches. Much thanks to tracking instructor Jimmy Dunn for the class and being part of the RAT-SAR cadre.

Response Training

RAT-SAR members spent the weekend honing their response skills to better serve the public and the authority having jurisdiction when the call goes out. Setting up a mobile command post, managing the search, and patient care after locating the subject were all practiced over a 3-day period.

RAT SAR Responds

As of the last day of September, RAT SAR has responded to 23 calls for assistance this year, with three of those calls coming in the last week. We can’t thank our members enough for their dedication and motivation when it comes to search and rescue. We will continue to expand our training and response as the “busy” season is now upon us.

K9 Seminar

Good day of training at the NW AL K9 training seminar. Lots of HRD work today with K9s and handlers from several states. Many thanks to Billy with ALEA for coming out and spending some time working with the various teams on search and rescue capabilities within our state!