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November & December Events
 

Once again we thank our dedicated volunteers for a spectacular fall season! Members filled every shift in the 14 flu clinics that we supported across the region, as well as three more community events. Classes were well-attended and highly rated, and the hosts for our events complimented our professionalism. Congratulations!

This information is current as of Oct. 30. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549. Register asap if interested in the Homeland Security class, which is nearing capacity.

Remaining 2017 Seminar and ICS

11/9

Thurs
7-9P
Westford
*Homeland Security and MRC
Inter-agency response for emergencies

n/a

n/a
n/a
Online
ICS-100 & NIMS-700
Self-paced options for response training

We're grateful for the volunteers who have agreed to fill the openings in our last two flu clinics of the season..

Seasonal Flu Clinics

11/1

Weds
11A-4P
Chelmsford
Town Hall (2 clinics)
11A-12:30 and 2-4P; FULL!

11/8

Weds
3-7P
Chelmsford
Council on Aging
FULL!

LAST CLASS IN 2017

November 9, Thurs, 7 to 9p.m. Homeland Security and MRC Response. Jarret Wright, from the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security, and disaster response experts from MEMA and affiliates, will review actual scenarios of domestic terrorism. They'll discuss types of incidents that have occurred in our region and across the U.S, the types of injuries that can occur, and how MRC volunteers would interact with other agencies to stay safe while providing effective response in our communities. Attendance is highly encouraged to be eligible for participation in a Mission-Ready Team. The seminar provides two hours of continuing education credits for medical participants (CEUs and OEMS hours). Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford.

II. HEADS-UP: MRTs!

We are on the brink of completing the series of classes that are designed to prepare our volunteers for involvement in Mission-Ready Teams. In March our unit was awarded $13,000 for a grant to train volunteers for MRTs and test our skills in a table-top exercise, to expand our readiness for all-hazards response.

Members have been attending classes throughout the year in disaster mental health (parts I and II), medical countermeasures, lessons learned from equine therapy in caring for vulnerable populations, Heartsaver and Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, Until Help Arrives, and soon Homeland Security. Members are also attaining basic and instructor-level certifications in the 'Stop the Bleed' program. Volutneers at all levels have been active in flu clinics (non-emergency skill building for service at an Emergency Dispensing Site), and at a wide range of community service events.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Table Top Exercise, which will be our final grant commitment by our February 2018 deadlines.

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. If you have not yet completed these courses, 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