So much has been happening with the unit in the final months of 2005, it helps to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the highlights.
Marianne Bitner, director of clinical services for Trinity
Ambulance, displays triage tags to students in the popular
S.T.A.R.T. (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) class.
Over 100 members were engaged in UMV MRC activities between mid-August and early November. Our volunteers attended training classes, helped in deployments, participated in a regional disaster drill, and supported seven flu clinics and a health fair.
The unit offered two series of Red Cross disaster classes through October and early November.
Thanks to the latest graduates, our unit now has 85 members who are certified to staff an emergency shelter anywhere in the U.S. Three of those members are officially recognized as disaster instructors, including two who were signed off through teaching the fall classes. If floods, snowstorms, and other disasters displace local residents from their homes (which happened this fall in nearby Keene, NH and Taunton, MA), these members are especially trained to help.
Your staff members have continued to participate in MRC initiatives on the state and national level. The director and coordinator gave several presentations to other regions in Massachusetts upon request, because their communities are eager to launch MRC units. We’ve participated in statewide meetings and conference calls, sharing ideas on a new video and web site for Massachusetts units. We are also involved in national task forces; one for a volunteer registration system, and another for response to mass casualty incidents.
Linda McCarthy and Dinah Sue Deck are the two RNs who earned certification this fall as Red Cross instructors for the MRC. They are now qualified to teach all four modules of the disaster series.
Paul Royte and Bob Veth help with clinic registration.
Nurses Donna Nadolny and Beth Corrow share a light moment while preparing for a flu clinic.
Your Advisory Council has been helping to shape our Standard Operating Procedures, member communications, and other aspects that play a key role in the success of our unit. Look for our New Year’s newsletter in January 2006!
We are proud of our current members (265 and counting!), as we continue to welcome new ones, and wish each of you a delightful year ahead.
Dr. David Eberiel, EMT, takes a visitor's blood pressure at the Chelmsford health fair.
Linda Gilmore, RN, prepares to administer tetanus boosters.
Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886