A resource available to all public safety organizations within Thurston County to provide for assistance with Special Rescue situations that arise throughout the county and region.


What is SORT?

SORT stands for Special Operations Rescue Team. The Thurston County SORT team is a special rescue team available to any public safety agency within Thurston County on a mutual aid basis and within the region. The team is comprised of thirty-five highly training personnel and a substantial equipment cache. The team currently meets a USAR Type III team typing and has plans to meet a USAR Type II typing.


What are the SORT teams capabilities?

The SORT team is currently trained and equipped to conduct Structural Collapse Rescue, Rope Rescue, Tree Rescue, Trench Rescue and Confined Space incidents. The team maintains Operations, Technician, and Specialist level personnel.


Who is in charge of the SORT team and who do I contact for more information?

The SORT team will be directed by the SORT Operations committee and Policy board. Currently the team coordinator is Captain Casey Sobol at McLane/Black Lake Fire Department. He can be reached at 360-866-1000.




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Calls for Service

2018 Calls - 177

As of January 31