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, (c) passes background check and drug screening, and (d) 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.


  • RAT-SAR Application Form
  • Liability Release Form
  • Signed RAT-SAR SOGs
  • Current State Issued Driver’s License
  • Current Automobile Liability Insurance


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 will be required to pass a physical fitness exam and maintain a minimum physical fitness standard. An average fitness standard test is the ability to complete a 2-mile hike with a 30-pound backpack in 30 minutes or less. Candidates will have their pack weight verified before the test begins. The test will be administered with a pacesetter. During the test, no candidate may pass the pacesetter, nor shall any candidate be allowed to stop during the test. Any candidate who stops, then attempts to catch up during the test, will be disqualified. After a 20-minute rest, candidates will then be required to do 22 push-ups within 60 seconds, rest for 5 minutes, then perform 25 sit-ups within 60 seconds.


  • 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)


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.