What / Who is SORT?
"To provide the highest level of disaster medical support through education, research and response"
History of the Organization:
The Special Operations Response Team, or "SORT" is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1978 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Its mission is to Provide the Highest Level of Disaster Medical Support through Education, Research and Response. SORT incorporated as a non-profit agency in 1988.
SORT is based in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The team's personnel include physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMT's, firefighter's, law enforcement officers, hazmat technicians, critical incident stress management technicians, chaplains, and logistical support members. SORT stands by or responds to mass crowd gatherings, natural and man made disasters, mass casualty incidents or evacuation situations, hazardous materials spills, and has a trained division of SWAT medic's that respond with local law enforcement SWAT teams. SORT is an "All-Hazards" response team.
In 1990, SORT's members were selected as a Disaster Medical Assistance TEAM (DMAT NC-1) of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), a nationwide system of medical response teams with supplied equipment cache's originally organized by the U.S. Public Health Service and presently under the National Disaster Medical System, (NDMS) United States Department of Health and Human Service (US DHHS)
In 1995, SORT's members were again selected by the federal government to form a second team called National Disaster Medical Team - East (NMRT-E) This team provides advanced medical care (at the physician level) to victim's exposed to a hazardous material; be it a weapons of mass destruction incident or an accidental industrial exposure. This team is trained to decontaminate victims suffering from exposure to a contaminate and provide stabilizing medical treatment at the site of where the event occurred. NMRT-E can also assist other teams by providing rehabilitation to it's own members during an incident, providing medical care in communities at the small strike team level, or assisting an overwhelmed hospital emergency department.