Magic Valley Paramedics
Special Operations Reach and Treat.
(SORT) responds to low and high-angle rescues in Twin Falls County, and the surrounding Counties of the Magic Valley. Formed in 1996, the team currently operates with ten members, who are able to quickly and safely provide emergency medical care, medical stabilization and pain control to accident victims who may be trapped in situations and places that are not accessible by normal methods.
In addition to their medical training, each member of the team is trained and certified in technical rescue. Each member is certified at or above the Advanced Technician Level and operates within NFPA Standards 1006 and 1670. This training is comprised of over 60 hours of initial Rope Rescue Training followed by multiple specialty course, and annual training requirements for proficiency maintenance. Each member of the team trains monthly, and a minimum of 48 hours annually.
The SORT team trains with and works in cooperation with Twin Falls County Search and Rescue andTwin Falls Fire Department. We also work in cooperation with Jerome County Search and Rescue and other county agencies and Fire Departments that are responsible for their particular jurisdictions.
The SORT Team is supplied with a specially outfitted four-wheel drive vehicle. The SORT team arrives at the scene equipped with all of the hardware, software and specialized equipment necessary to gain access to the patient to provide them with the medical attention that is needed. Our goal is not immediate rescue but to provide advanced level life support.
Magic Valley Paramedics SORT
Chad Smith is our team leader.
He is responsible for for bringing the team to new heights.