The Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of healthcare volunteers that are ready to respond in an emergency. Medical Reserve Corps were founded in 2002, after President Bush called for Americans to volunteer to support their country. A part of Citizen Corps, the MRC is dedicated to ensuring hometown security by supplementing existing local emergency and public health resources. The Worcester Regional MRC was created in March 2006 and covers the 74 towns in central Massachusetts that are part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Planning Region II. Volunteers also participate in non-emergency community service activities such as health fairs and flu clinics. They also help teach preparedness skills to others in the community.
Volunteers for the Worcester Regional MRC include medical professionals (physicians, nurses, EMTs, pharmacists, etc.), as well as some with no medical background (school teachers, security guards, translators, social workers etc.) and anyone who has an interest in the community. Enrolled volunteers must attend an orientation, take a class on National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Systems, and participate in periodic lectures and drills.
In the event of an emergency, volunteers are called to help. This may include staffing Emergency Dispensing Sites (EDS) or shelters, distributing medications and providing medical care during an emergency.
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