Fl

June Through September Events
 

We will soon complete the project for which we were awarded a $1000 mini-grant by our region's public health coalition! We'll be providing a regional seminar on Disaster Mental Health on June 14. Share the flyer for our event with anyone who may be interested, especially your colleagues and concerned parents.

Meanwhile, we are grateful to our six volunteers who supported Tewksbury's annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Day on June 3. The group screened visitors for blood glucose as well as hypertension, and promoted family fitness through 'Let's Move!' activities.

Three of our six prospective American Heart Association instructors will complete an all-day training session on June 9; the remaining three later this summer. This group will be paired with seasoned teachers to certify the staff of the region's special needs preschools in CPR and First Aid. These activities support the $7500 NACCHO competitive grant that we were awarded for 2018-19.

This information is current as of June 8. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events
6/9
Sat
9A-5P
Chelmsford
BLS-Instructor Training
First option to certify as AHA-I for grant
6/14
Thurs
7 to 9 P
Westford
Disaster Mental Health Forum
Special event funded by mini-grant!

7/15

Sun
8A-1:30P
Westford
Live for Liv Non-Violence Event
Raise MRC/PH awareness, event support

8/11

Sat
1:30 to ~5P
Lowell
Blues 'n Brews Festival
Annual event; community fundraiser
9/8
Sat
9A-5P
Dracut
Annual Old Home Day
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome

9/15

Sat
11A-5P
Billerica
Yankee Doodle Homecoming
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome

I. MRC EVENTS -- Free and appropriate for all members.

June 9 (Sat) - BLS-Instructor Course - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m: FULL. Applicants have been screened and accepted for the first of two classes to certify as instructors. Our new 'Special Needs Preschools' grant allows us to train six instructors for AHA First Aid and CPR. The remaining three will certify this summer.

June 14 (Thurs) - Disaster Mental Health Forum - Please attend this special event, in honor of Flag Day, at the Stony Brook School Auditorium, 9 Farmer Way in Westford. Doors open at 6:15, with light refreshments and networking, plus child care (if requested by 6/8). Panel discussion is from 7 to 9 p.m. Appropriate for all members and open to the public. Valid for two OEMS hours and three CEUs for medical attendees.

July 15 (Sun) - Live for Liv Festival - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, 4H Fairgrounds in Westford. Seeking volunteers at all levels for three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help with parking, registration, overseeing 'Let's Move,' providing first aid, and supporting overall event activities. Foundation raises awareness and supports programs to reduce domestic violence in our region. See the event web site for details on this year's initiative.

August 11 (Sat) - Blues 'n Brews Festival - This year in Lowell on ONE date only, at JFK Plaza. Gates open at 2PM. MRC members are available to fill requests. Event web site: http://www.bluesnbrewsrotary.org/

September 8 (Sat) - Dracut Old Home Day - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Englesby Elementary School, 1580 Lakeview Ave, Dracut. Annual regional festival with antique car show, usually drawing over 15,000 attendees. Will be seeking volunteers at all levels for set-up and shifts of up to four hours. Medical members to screen BPs and discuss public health initiatives. Non-medicals to oversee 'Let's Move!' and promote the MRC and preparedness. Event web site: https://www.dracutoldhomeday.com/

September 15 (Sat) - Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Town Hall / High School complex, 365 Boston Road in Billerica. Annual regional festival, usually drawing over 15,000 attendees. Will be seeking volunteers at all levels for three-hour shifts. Medical members to screen BPs and discuss public health initiatives, non-medicals to oversee 'Let's Move!' and promote the MRC and preparedness. Event web site: https://www.billericayankeedoodlehomecoming.org/

II. LGH MONTHLY ROUNDS

We are sharing this information as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. Those from other disciplines are also welcome. Seminars held in Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue. Registrations and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m., with the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Most sessions are valid for two OEMS hours. To sign up, e-mail Lisa Gattinella (Lisa.Gattinella@lowellgeneral.org) and NOT our unit.

[No rounds June, July or August for summer break.]

September 18 (Tues): EMS Sepsis Education -- LGH Sepsis Committee

October 17 (Weds): Toxicology Case Review

November 8 (Thurs): Case Review

December 17 (Mon): Annual Stroke Education -- LGH Neuro

III. ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY

All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator for our files. The material is appropriate for all levels of membership. As an extra benefit, EMTs and nurses are eligible for free CEUs for completing these courses. Occasionallly we also offer the classroom version, though none are scheduled for the near future.

If you have not yet taken either class, then please click on these links for the self-study materials:

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

Each course usually takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments. Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.

 


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886