MRC-SmallThe Boston Medical Reserve Corps (Boston MRC) is a community-based volunteer program that prepares for and may respond to emergencies to support the public health infrastructure of the City of Boston. Boston MRC members are leaders in their communities who donate their time and expertise in order to ensure that all Bostonians, especially the most vulnerable, are prepared and have access to the help they need during a public health emergency.

One of the benefits members of the Boston MRC enjoy is access to free classes co-taught by the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. These classes enhance members’ knowledge in a variety of public health emergency management topic areas, as well as better prepare members to serve during an emergency activation of the Boston MRC. The training calendar for the upcoming fall and spring semesters is set, and in addition to the regular five core classes always offered, the Boston MRC has added some exciting new special topics courses to the schedule!

The featured special topics course in September is entitled, “Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Services Response”. With the Atlantic hurricane season peaking in late August through September, this timely two-part lecture will cover two Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF-8) responses following large impact hurricanes. Aaron Kite-Powell and Dr. Ricky Kue will present specifically on public health and medical services responses, using their personal experiences as examples. This course is open to both Boston MRC members and non-members, and anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic can register through the DelValle Institute: http://delvalle.bphc.org/bmrc_hurricanes.

One final added bonus to Boston MRC courses for members who are Registered Nurses and/or Emergency Medical Technicians: these programs were designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 2.4 contact hours of nursing continuing education per session. Application has been made for 2 hours of MA OEMS credits.

To attend any of the courses below (except for Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Services Response), interested individuals must first become a member of the Boston MRC. To learn more about the Boston MRC and to begin your membership process, please visit http://www.bostonmrc.org. If you’re not yet a member of the Boston MRC, consider joining today. We need you to help better serve our communities and supplement existing public health resources!

Core Courses

Managing a Mass Dispensing Clinic: September 18, 2013 and February 11, 2014

Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS): October 17, 2013 and March 19, 2014

Introduction to the Emergency Tracking System: November 19, 2013 and April 17, 2014

Shelter Operations: December 11, 2013 and May 13, 2014

Promoting Resiliency in an Emergency: Psychological First Aid: January 23, 2014 and June 11, 2014

Special Topics Courses

Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Services Response: September 26, 2013

Active Shooter Incidents: What Should You Do?: October 22, 2013

Introduction to Responses involving Chemical Agents: January 28, 2014

Leadership Under Pressure: February 26, 2014

Tabletop Exercise: Testing Your Response Readiness: March 21, 2014

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