RAT-SAR is growing!  We’re looking for motivated volunteers with a passion for the outdoors to join our ranks. If you’re in the Alabama, Tennessee or Georgia area and love the outdoors and want to learn more, then consider joining our team.

Membership is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who, (a) provides all necessary documentation, (b) successfully meets minimum training and physical fitness requirements, (c) agrees to Membership Guidelines, 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-700 online courses (free), then show up to one of our monthly training sessions with the documents. You may also mail the application form, liability form, certificates, and a copy of your drivers license to: RAT-SAR – P.O. Box 105 – Gallant, AL 35972 or by email to



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.


All required training is at no cost to RAT-SAR members and new members are given ample time to complete the required training.


Scheduled training days will apply to continuing education credit hours. View our training schedule. Please note that all RAT Training and RAT-SAR training is free to active RAT-SAR members in good standing.