Support Operations Response Team
“Making a difference in your community by being there when it matters most”
What is S.O.R.T.?
The Support Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) is a grass-roots team of volunteers trained in basic emergency management principles and skills. Our volunteers are always preparing for emergencies based on local risks and meeting the challenge when an emergency occurs, whether it is a flood, fire, a major storm, or other local hazard.
Our S.O.R.T. Vehicle is getting an upgrade! During the summer of 2021 we will be replacing the S.O.R.T. truck with a brand new trailer! We will be working hard to ensure it is fully equipped to assist in all upcoming emergency situations and local events. Keep an eye on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages for updates.
What Does S.O.R.T. Do?
This dedicated team of volunteers provide support to the Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department by handling:
- Firefighter Rehabilitation
- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (S.C.B.A.) refill/exchange
- Firefighter Accountability
- On-scene medical evaluation of emergency personnel
- Training support
- Coordination & supervision of other volunteers
- Staffing of the Emergency Evacuation Centre
- Damage assessment
The Support Operations Response Team also provides additional support and activities during a declared emergency, or when authorized by the mayor, C.A.O., C.E.M.C., or the Fire Chief. They also provide first-aid services during community events in the town of Petrolia.
This Response Team will:
- Address public safety risks in Petrolia by promoting individual/community awareness and action through a training program that prepares residents to take an active role in emergency management concepts such as mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.
- Help improve emergency management at the grass-roots level.
- Operate as the liaison with the local front-line response services.
- Be built on proven experience (the U.S.-based C.E.R.T. program) as well as observations of human nature.
- Be coordinated by local Community Emergency Management Coordinators and address local concerns, hazards, and risks.
- Provide annual update sessions and exercises for incumbent volunteers to maintain their interest and renew their qualifications as volunteers.
Experience shows that in a crisis, people will take action to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.
Volunteers for the Support Operations Response Team are trained in a variety of emergency and medical skills including:
- On-scene firefighter support
- Volunteer and victim safety
- Fire safety and prevention
- First aid/C.P.R./A.E.D. skills
- Municipal emergency management
- Shelter set-up and management
- Basic search and rescue
- Self-help emergency preparedness
- Emergency and disaster response skills