Join our specialist operations response team

SORT

All ambulance trusts have developed specialist operations response teams (SORT) to help decontaminate casualties at incidents – and now we’re looking for members to join ours.

The team helps at incidents that might involve chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or other hazardous materials. In these situations, particularly if there is a large number of patients, it’s really important that we decontaminate and treat people as quickly as we can, and that’s where you come in.

If you’re clinically trained, you’re eligible to join; you still do your normal role on a day-to-day basis but will receive SORT training at least twice a year, which includes sessions on using specialist chemical PPE, decontaminating live casualties and administering basic life support at the scene of a hazardous chemical incident.

If we’re called to a SORT-appropriate incident, you’ll receive a text and if you’re available to attend you’ll be paid overtime accordingly.

The current team - a mix of paramedics, EMTs and ECAs – can also be called during an incident to help assemble and maintain the decontamination equipment at the scene.

Specialist operation response team members will also have the opportunity to undertake further training, including the chance to join the ambulance intervention team which will respond to firearms incidents.

If you’re interested, you can apply to complete the initial two-day course by downloading an application form. As it’s a mix of theory and physical practical you’ll need to attend a medical assessment before starting the training. Upcoming course dates and locations are:

9th/10th May: Waveney
30th/31st May: Gt Notley
6th/7th June: Welwyn Garden City
13th/14th June: Cromer
4th/5th July: Peterborough
5th/6th September: Hellesdon
26th/27th September: Gt Notley
17th/18th October: Welwyn Garden City

For more information on the course, please email epcourses@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 26th March 2015 

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