9, Thurs, 7
Security and MRC Response. Jarret Wright, from
the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security,
and disaster response experts from MEMA and affiliates,
will review actual scenarios of domestic terrorism. They'll
discuss types of incidents that have occurred in our region
and across the U.S, the types of injuries that can occur,
and how MRC volunteers would interact with other agencies
to stay safe while providing effective response in our communities.
Attendance is highly encouraged to be eligible for participation
in a Mission-Ready Team. The
seminar provides two hours of continuing education credits
for medical participants (CEUs and OEMS hours). Town
Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford.
are on the brink of completing the series of classes that are
designed to prepare our volunteers
for involvement in
In March our unit was awarded $13,000 for a grant to train volunteers
for MRTs and test our skills in a table-top exercise, to expand
our readiness for all-hazards response.
have been attending 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, and soon Homeland Security. Members
are also attaining basic and instructor-level certifications
in the 'Stop the Bleed' program. Volutneers at all levels have
been active in flu clinics (non-emergency skill building for
service at an Emergency Dispensing Site), and at a wide range
of community service events.
tuned for details on the upcoming Table Top Exercise, which
will be our final grant commitment by our February 2018 deadlines.
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:
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.