Thank you for your
involvement in a BUSY winter!!!
We especially honor our many volunteers who tirelessly supported
emergency shelters and warming centers throughout our region during
Winter Storm Quinn on March 8 through 10! Look for a separate
article on that response next month.
On a lighter note,
we were pleased to see our MRC highlighted on Weds, March 21 at
5:10 and 6:15 a.m. on WCVB-TV/Channel 5's morning Wake-Up Call!
Later we'll post the footage for our non-early birds to see.
The table below lists
the season's events in order, followed by the details. We strongly
encourage all members to sign up for the special
Mission-Ready Teams (MRT) event on April
11! We'd also welcome two more volunteers at any level
for the Billerica Fair on the 14th. See the update on MRT and
self-paced ICS courses at the end of this web page.
This information is
current as of
March 23. To sign up, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 978-399-2549.
of Coming Events
The Bleed Mega-Class
Certification for MRC and residents
Promote public health & MRC
Exercise for ALL Members
sign up for this special event!
Two-year certification for laypersons
Health &Wellness Fair
public health & MRC, screen BPs
MRC EVENTS -- Free
and appropriate for all members.
April 7 (Sat)
- Town-Wide Health Fair,
9 a.m. to noon, Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road (Rt.40),
North Chelmsford -- across from Freeman Lake. Stop by the COA
to support us in promoting the MRC and public health initiatives,
screen BPs, and oversee "Let's Move!" activities.
April 11 (Weds)
- Final MRT Exercise, 6 to
9 p.m., Chelmsford Senior Center. All
members are strongly encouraged to sign up. Participate
in a table-top exercise about storm response. Watch the debut
of our unit's new 10-minute video on Emergency Dispensing Sites.
Enjoy a special presentation from a member who's responded with
therapy dogs to national disasters. Reconnect with your fellow
members over dinner.
April 14 (Sat)
- Billerica Health and Wellness Fair
- Elks Lodge on Webb Brook Road. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seeking two more volunteers at any level. We'll lead visitors
in a game of 'Public Health Jeopardy' at 10:30 and again at 11:30
to win prizes! We'll also promote health initiatives, emergenc
preparedness and the MRC, with medical volunteers to screen BPs.
LGH MONTHLY ROUNDS
We are sharing this
information as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. These seminars
take place in the Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital,
295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell. Registrations and refreshments begin
at 5:30 p.m., with the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Most sessions
are valid for two OEMS hours. To sign up, e-mail Lisa Gattinella
and NOT our unit. The following events are confirmed to date;
final schedule expected after 1/22/18.
April 26 (Thurs): Burns;
Brigham & Women's Burn Team.
May (date TBD): Pediatric
Emergencies and Case Review.
rounds June, July or August for summer break.]
18 (Tues): EMS Sepsis Education
-- LGH Sepsis Committee
17 (Weds): Toxicology Case Review
8 (Thurs): Case Review
17 (Mon): Annual Stroke Education
-- LGH Neuro
UPDATE PER MRTs
many of you know, in March
2017 our unit was awarded $13,000 for a grant to train volunteers
for Mission-Ready Teams. The final commitment is to build our
skills in a table-top exercise, to expand our readiness for
all-hazards response. We'll also review our support of two EDS
drills that took place on Feb. 21 and 22. Our interactions with
local public health leaders in such 'real world' activities
support our grant commitments.
volunteers have attended 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, Homeland Security, and Communications.
Members are also attaining basic and instructor-level certifications
in the 'Stop the Bleed' program. Volunteers at all levels were
active in flu clinics (non-emergency skill building for service
at an Emergency Dispensing Site), and at a wide range of community
service events. Our skills were especially put to the test with
this month's Winter Storm Quinn response, and members passed
with flying colors!
Final MRT Exercises on
Wednesday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chelmsford
Senior Center will allow us to pull these skills together. We'll
envision how our teams would respond to the most likely potential
deployments: EDS, Emergency Sheltering, and MCIs. Team leaders
will provide sample 'Just In Time' training with basic documents
and protocols in a tabletop exercise. We'll gather feedback
on our preparations, and conclude with graduation festivities.
It does not matter if you have participated
in the EDS curriculum, because any member can benefit
from attending the final exercises!!! The more attendees, the
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. The
material is appropriate for all levels of membership. As an
extra benefit, EMTs and nurses are eligible for free CEUs for
completing these courses. Occasionallly we also offer the classroom
version, though none are scheduled for the near future.
If you have not yet
taken either class, then please click on these links for the
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.