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June-July Opportunities
 

Our unit continues to keep up a brisk pace in terms of events. Thirty-four participants learned about Emergency Dispensing Sites from our state's Medical Countermeasures Coordinator on May 22. Eight members served at Tewksbury's annual Bike Rodeo on June 4. Several of us have been involved in a short term project as well, raising awareness of the new national program, "Until Help Arrives."

The following information about our upcoming opportunities is current as of June 20. Click the red button above (MRC Calendar), for other events being scheduled over the coming months..

Classes, Health Fairs, and ICS
6/29
Thurs.
6-9P
Chelmsford
Until Help Arrives
Open to the General Public
7/16
Sun
8A-2P
Westford
'Live for Liv' Event
Domestic Violence Prevention Festival

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

To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549. Classes are free for members, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

I. COMMUNITY EVENT

June 29, Thurs, 6 to 9 p.m. Until Help Arrives. This NEW federal initiative empowers everyday people by teaching them what to do in an emergency, during those those first crucial minutes before professional rescuers arrive. This is the first classroom offering in Massachusetts, taught by UMV MRC instructors. Free, but pre-registration by June 27 is required. The general public is also urged to sign up. Trinity EMS Training Center, 10 Jean Avenue, Chelmsford MA. Details available on this flyer.

II. HEALTH FAIRS

July 16, Sun, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live for Liv Event. Annual fundraiser and awareness event with fun-run, walk, bike ride, exhibits, and family activities. 4H Fairgrounds at 51 Chelmsford Road, Westford. Seeking as many MRC members with wide-ranging backgrounds as possible. (Exact times and assignments for MRC volunteers to be finalized by July 1.) See the details at this web site.

III. 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