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Sign Up for August/September Events!
 

We are proud of our members who supported the 'Live for Liv' event to address domestic violence on July 17. We also thank those who supported the national 'Night Out for Safety' initiative, attended 'Train-the-Trainer' sessions for our 'Cut It Out' and 'QPR' grant initiatives, and took Healthcare Providers CPR. Our unit is now collaborating on multi-agency efforts to compile a database of vulnerable residents, and provide emergency preparedness support, through yet another grant project. We're busy even during the 'dog days' of summer!

Our unit's next opportunities are provided in the table provided below. Please revisit this page often for details. This information is current as of August 12.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
8/16
Tues.
1-4:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR
2-year certification for non-medical members
8/20&21
Sat/Sun
11A-5P
Westford
Blues 'n Brews Festival
Two-day Summerfest event
9/10
Sat.
9A-5P
Dracut
Old Home Day
Major regional fair
9/17
Sat.
11A-5P
Billerica
Yankee Doodle Homecoming
Major regional fair
9/20
Tues.
6:30-08:30P
Chelmsford
Member Appreciation
Annual dinner to thank active members
10/5
Weds.
7-9P
Westford
Dom. Violence Awareness
Details to be posted in September

n/a

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

To register for an event, send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

I. CLASSES AND EVENTS

Aug 16, Tuesday: "Heartsaver Day!" Class takes place at the Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main St, Westford.
1 to 4:30 p.m.
Heartsaver CPR/AED, for non-medical members. Sign up soon; limit 12 students. (The Heartsaver First Aid class originally scheduled for that afternoon is now being postponed to a later date.)

Aug. 20 and 28, Sat. and Sun, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m: 3-hour shifts. — Annual Summerfest; our exhibit is open both days. Seeking medical volunteers to offload the on-site ambulance with initial first aid, and provide hypertension screening. Also need non-medical volunteers for discussion of the MRC and preparedness. This is the first year when the Blues 'n Brews will be held on both days. Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Powers Road, Westford.

Sept. 10, Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Annual Dracut Old Home Day at the High School complex. Need medical and non-medical volunteers for shifts of up to four hours. Screen BPs, discuss MRC and preparedness, raise awareness of public health initiatives.

Sept. 17, Sat, 11a.m. to 5 p.m. — Annual Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend at the High School complex, 365 Boston Road, Billerica. Need medical and non-medical volunteers for shifts of up to three hours. Screen BPs, discuss MRC and preparedness, raise awareness of public health initiatives.

Sept. 20, Tues, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Annual Member Appreciation Dinner. Invitations with event details will be sent to all members who have participated in a UMV MRC activity over the past 12 months.

Oct. 5, Weds, 7 to 9 p.m.New Domestic Violence Awareness event. Details to be posted in the coming weeks.

II. ONLINE ICS

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