July Recap of Activities

Many thanks to the 73 participants who made our Mission-Ready Teams (MRT) event on April 11 such a huge success! That evening we debuted our unit's new EDS 101 video, which is now part of the national NACCHO tool kit. The video is also a component of Boston University's Local Public Health Institite's online course for Emergency Dispensing Sites. We'll post a recap on the MRT initiative and many other events later this season.

Meanwhile, congratulations are in order for a new $1000 mini-grant that was just awarded to our unit! We'll be providing a regional seminar on Disaster Mental Health, and offering modules to help teens who are at risk of depression. Share the flyer for our June 14 event with anyone who may be interested, especially your colleagues and concerned parents. We couldn't be prouder of our dedicated members for supporting these vital activities!

This information is current as of May 7. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events
LGH Monthly Rounds: Stroke
Primarily for EMS; others welcome
Annual Bike Rodeo/Safety Day
Support family health and fitness
BLS-Instructor Training
First option to certify as AHA-I for grant
7 to 9 P
Disaster Mental Health Forum
Special event funded by mini-grant!


Live for Liv Non-Violence Event
Raise MRC/PH awareness, event support


1:30 to ~5P
Blues 'n Brews Festival
Annual event; community fundraiser
Annual Old Home Day
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome


Yankee Doodle Homecoming
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome

I. MRC EVENTS -- Free and appropriate for all members.

June 3 (Sun) - Bike Rodeo and Safety Day - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St, Tewksbury. Seeking volunteers to provide overall event support, promote MRC and public health. Interested nurses can be trained on the blood sugar machine for glucose screenings.

NEW! June 9 (Sat) - BLS-Instructor Course - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants please contact the MRC Coordinator directly. Our new 'Special Needs Preschools' grant allows us to train instructors for AHA first aid and CPR. Possibly 3 openings for the June 9 class, and other classes to be scheduled. Competitive admission; details TBD.

NEW! June 14 (Thurs) - Disaster Mental Health Forum - Please mark your calendars for this special event, in honor of Flag Day, at the Stony Brook School Auditorium, 9 Farmer Way in Westford. Tentatively from 7 to
9 p.m.; exact schedule being confirmed by mid-May. Appropriate for all members and open to the public. May provide free babysitting if requested in advance. Will apply for at least 2 credit hours for medical attendees.

July 15 (Sun) - Live for Liv Festival - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, 4H Fairgrounds in Westford. Seeking volunteers at all levels for three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help with parking, registration, overseeing 'Let's Move,' providing first aid, and supporting overall event activities. Foundation raises awareness and supports programs to reduce domestic violence in our region. See the event web site for details on this year's initiative.

NEW! August 11 (Sat) - Blues 'n Brews Festival - This year in Lowell on ONE date only, at JFK Plaza. Gates open at 2PM. MRC requests to be determined soon. Event web site: http://www.bluesnbrewsrotary.org/

NEW! September 8 (Sat) - Dracut Old Home Day - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Englesby Elementary School, 1580 Lakeview Ave, Dracut. Annual regional festival with antique car show, usually drawing over 15,000 attendees. Will be seeking volunteers at all levels for set-up and shifts of up to four hours. Medical members to screen BPs and discuss public health initiatives. Non-medicals to oversee 'Let's Move!' and promote the MRC and preparedness. Event web site: https://www.dracutoldhomeday.com/

NEW! September 15 (Sat) - Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Town Hall / High School complex, 365 Boston Road in Billerica. Annual regional festival, usually drawing over 15,000 attendees. Will be seeking volunteers at all levels for three-hour shifts. Medical members to screen BPs and discuss public health initiatives, non-medicals to oversee 'Let's Move!' and promote the MRC and preparedness. Event web site: https://www.billericayankeedoodlehomecoming.org/


We are sharing this information as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. Those from other disciplines are also welcome. Seminars held in Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue. 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 (Lisa.Gattinella@lowellgeneral.org) and NOT our unit.

May 22 (Tues): Large Vessel Occlusions -- Dr. Adel Malek, Chief of Neurovascular Surgery, Tufts Medical Center, Tuesday May 22nd (National EMS Week). Topic rescheduled from March (postponed due to storm).

[No rounds June, July or August for summer break.]

September 18 (Tues): EMS Sepsis Education -- LGH Sepsis Committee

October 17 (Weds): Toxicology Case Review

November 8 (Thurs): Case Review

December 17 (Mon): Annual Stroke Education -- LGH Neuro


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 self-study materials:



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