Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit

We are a professional all-volunteer non-profit organization specializing in cave, cliff, high-angle, urban and rough terrain search and rescue operations.

Our Goal:

Safe and successful evacuation of the patient from a hostile environment.

The HCRU is ready to assist any person or agency,

within the bounds of its charter, as a public service.

Member of the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads

and a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

How to Request HCRU Assistance in Cave/Wilderness/Cliff Rescue

We do NOT self-dispatch, so if you require cave rescue, please contact your local emergency services (typically 911) and be sure to ask that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) request our aid. You are welcome to contact us about your situation after you contact emergency services, but bear in mind we are not allowed on scene until our presence is requested by the AHJ.


Business meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of each month, except in December when we have a Christmas Party. 

Meeting locations are generally are held at the National Speleological Society in the winter, and Three Caves Quarry in the summer.

We also do weekly hands on training sessions.

If you are interested in joining us, look here!