Special Operations Response Team

A SORT Paramedic carrying out a water rescue

An integral part of our overall emergency response is that provided by the Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

The team provide a specialised emergency response to major incidents across Scotland. This might involve hazardous materials or incidents, challenging and hazardous environments or where the level of risk is extremely high. The team also works closely with external partners to proactively manage possible risk within situations to mitigate emergencies wherever possible.

By using the very latest technology and equipment, the Special Operation Team works very closely with other emergency services across Scotland, to ensure that we can get the very best care to patient, regardless of where they are.

Those working in the Special Operations Team are usually recruited from our internal Paramedic population and undergo additional training to be able to respond to a wider range of situations, in a wide range of environments. 

Typical Roles