Membership is open to anyone 19 years of age and older who, (a) provides all necessary documentation, (b) successfully meets minimum training and physical fitness requirements, and (c) is approved by a majority vote of the RAT-SAR Executive Board. To apply for membership, download and complete our membership application and liability release form, complete the FEMA IS-100 and IS-200 online courses (free), then show up to one of our monthly training sessions with the documents.
REQUIRED MEMBERSHIP DOCUMENTATION
PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
To ensure RAT-SAR members are fit to serve in a search and rescue capacity that may require carrying patients in litters over long distances, hiking over rugged terrain, or accessing patients in remote areas, all new members may be required to pass a physical fitness exam and maintain a minimum physical fitness standard.
ACTIVE MEMBER REQUIRED TRAINING
- FEMA IS-100 (online course)
- FEMA IS-700 (online course)
- Land Navigation / Map & Compass / GPS (RAT-SAR course)
- Wilderness SAR (RAT-SAR course or NASAR SARTECH II course)
- Minimum Medical Certification (WFR, EMT or higher)
All required training is at no cost to RAT-SAR members.
Scheduled training days will apply to mandatory continuing education credit hours. All members are required to attend the minimum number of training days per calendar year to maintain current membership with RAT-SAR. View our monthly training schedule. Please note that all RAT Training and RAT-SAR training is free to active RAT-SAR members in good standing.