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Sign Up for Spring 2016 Events!
 

Welcome to Daylight Savings Time and the first days of spring. Thank you to the volunteers who made our unit's debut 'ICS for Healthcare Providers and Hospitals' class such a success on February 4. We also welcomed a new instructor who taught a capacity crowd about 'Diabetics in Disaster' on March 15.

Many of you know that we have maintained a long-standing tradition of offering at least one CPR class during February each year, in honor of American Heart Month. One week after the materials were released nationally with the 2015 guidelines from the American Heart Association, we were delighted to provide our first Healthcare Providers CPR/AED class on Feb. 29, with ten eager students!

You may also be interested in a program note about this year's remaining AHA classes.

CPR -- The AHA continually monitors the effectiveness of current methods for resuscitation, and issues new guidelines every five years. We are eager to share the courses being released throughout this season. Heartsaver materials are expected later this spring. For an overview of CPR and the updates for 2015, read the AHA press release.

Refer to the table provided below, and revisit this page often for details. This information is current as of
March 28.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes

3/30

Weds.
7-9P
Westford
Hazmat Awareness
Hazardous materials and scene safety
4/2
Sat.
9A-noon
Chelmsford
Health and Wellness Fair
Major event to promote health
4/9
Sat.
8A-4P
Bedford
Training Day
Full day of training and networking at MCC!

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

March 30, Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Hazmat Awareness & Safety. Improve your awareness of potential hazards and scene safety. The presenter, Joe Guarnera, earned enthusiastic reviews from teaching our ICS-100 class in early February, and is an expert in this realm of education as well. Two CEU / OEMS hours expected. Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford 01886.

April 2, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Chelmsford Wellness Fair. Need as many volunteers as possible at all levels, to help with a wide range of community service activities:

- Medical volunteers to screen for hypertension, as well as those who are already trained in this skill to provide cholesterol screening.

- Non-medical volunteers to oversee 'Let's Move!' and family activities.

- All levels to discuss the MRC and public health initiatives.

As always, this year's fair takes place at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford.

April 9, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Training Day. Mark your calendars for our unit's signature event. Our thanks once again to our hosts at the Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus, at 571 Springs Road. Check back for details. Visit this link for a recap of our Nov. 2014 event, and this link for an update on plans for this year's event.

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