Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service Masthead image


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(615) 896-2520

Poison Control Center

606 East Burton Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 898-7790

Mike Nunley, EMT-P, RN
Director of EMS

Special Operations and Response Team (S.O.R.T.)SORT Team image

SORT patch imageThe Rutherford County Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is a county government response entity which is a division of Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and an operational arm of the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). This team is comprised of twenty-two (22) highly specialized and crossed trained rescue medics providing a wide range of technical rescue and response capabilities such as: CBRNE/ Hazardous Materials, Search and Rescue, Mass Causality Events, Technical extrication/extraction, High/Low Angle, Confined Space, Trench, Collapse, and water related incidents such as swift water rescue/recovery, surface water search/ rescue and underwater search/ rescue/recovery.

SORT Unit imageSORT also provides law enforcement support by providing investigatory recovery missions and tactical medics. The diverse abilities of SORT personnel allow them to be prepared for numerous variations and applications of specialty rescue responses. This team has become a vital component of the emergency response community not only in Rutherford County, but as a highly valued resource asset of the Homeland Security Nashville Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and the Middle Tennessee area. SORT is also available to provide service across Tennessee under the state wide mutual aid compact thereby providing assistance to numerous local, state, and federal agencies.

The Division has the following units:

  • SR 1
    A 2006 Marion Heavy-duty Rescue truck in service that is available 24 hours a day. These units are staffed with ALS paramedics at all times for any type of rescue that should arise in Rutherford County. Every SORT paramedic is trained in Basic Vehicle Rescue (BVR) and Basic Rescue Practices (BRP).SORT Team image

  • SR6
    Structural Collapse/Trench Rescue Trailer

  • HazMat 1, HazMat2
    Hazardous Materials Response and Decontamination trailers

  • Water Rescue SR 5
    SCUBA/River Rescue Trailer

  • River Rescue 1, Zumro self bailing rescue boat with a 60hp motor

  • River Rescue 2, Zodiac Rescue boat with a 30hp motor

  • Swift Water 1, inflatable 8 man rescue raft

  • Swift Water 2, inflatable 4 man rescue raft

  • Swift Water 3, Technical 2 man swift water raft

All Rescue Division Paramedics are licensed with the same ALS training and skills as those assigned to the Ambulance Division. All of our Rescue vehicles are fully equipped with ALS equipment similar to the ambulances. The Rescue Division also includes the Hazardous Materials Response Team and the River Rescue Units.