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Spring 2017 Opportunities
 

Many thanks to our volunteers who supported three American Heart Association classes during National Heart Month. We are also grateful to those who helped with the delivery of crucial disaster supplies at the Lowell Health Department, and the members who staffed Chelmsford's annual Volunteer Fair.

March kicks off the start of health fair season, as well as the launch of our new educational curriculum. The following information is current as of March 15.

Classes, Health Fairs, and ICS
Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
3/31
Fri.
8A-2P
Chelmsford
CHS Health Fair
Provide BP screening; one 8-11 shift open.
4/8
Sat.
10A-2P
Billerica
Health and Wellness Fair
Need medical and non-medical vols.
4/12
Weds.
6 to 9P
Westford
Disaster Behavioral Health
Critical Incident Stress training.
4/13
Thurs.
12:30-3:15P
Westford
Shingles Clinic
Needed inoculators; FULL!
5/6
Sat.
11A-3P
Westford
Health Fair w/Food Trucks
Seeking LOTS of volunteers!
5/22
Mon.
7-9P
Westford
SNS and EDS Training
Recommended for upcoming EDS drills
6/4
Sun.
10A-1P
Tewksbury
Bike Rodeo/Health Fair
Annual community safety event.

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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. HEALTH FAIRS

March 31, Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wellness Fair, hosted by the Health Dept. for students at Chelmsford High School. Seeking one more medical volunteer for the 8-11 a.m. shift to screen BPs.

April 8, Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health and Wellness Fair, Billerica Elks Lodge. Seek 3 medical and 3 non-medical volunteers. Option to serve in two-hour shifts (10-noon and noon-2) if necessary.

May 6, Sat, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Westfest" Health Fair and Food Truck Expo. Seeking as many volunteers as possible at all levels, for a wide range of functions! Option to serve in two-hour shifts (11-1
and 1-3) if necessary. Details below.

Hosts:
Westford Health Department and Aunties Sweet Shop
Logistics:
Saturday, May 6 at the Abbot School, 25 Depot Street, Westford
Hours:

The Health & Wellness Fair runs between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Food Truck Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description:
There will be more than 40 vendors. Free screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis, with no appointments needed: Blood Pressures, Body Mass Index, Hearing Screening, Pediatric Dental Screening, Concussion Education and Testing, Elder Services, Mental Health Information. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by Whole Foods. Free activities for children include face painting, bounce house, dunk tank, Touch-A-Truck, raffle prizes, give-aways, and much more!

Even if you can't volunteer that day, please consider stopping by the event with your loved ones, and visiting our MRC exhibit!

June 4, Sun, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bike Rodeo and Health Fair. Seeking members at all levels to oversee fitness activities, screen visitors for hypertension, and raise awareness of the MRC and public health initiatives. Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant Street, Tewksbury.

II. CLASSES

April 12, Weds, 6/7 to 9 p.m. Special Event: New course in disaster behavioral health. Outline is being being finalized. The speaker has provided Critical Incident Stress training and care across 45 countries, and earned stellar reviews from her last Training Day workshop. Content is appropriate for all member backgrounds. Medical volunteers can earn up to 3 CEUs / OEMS hours of continuing education credit. Millennium School, 23 Depot Street, Westford.

May 22, Mon, 7 to 9 p.m. New: SNS/EDS Training. The speaker is the Medical Counter-Measures director for the state of Massachusetts. Learn the latest information from an expert about the Strategic National Stockpile and how the materials might be accessed in an Emergency Dispensing Site. Medical volunteers can earn up to 2CEUs / OEMS hours of continuing education credit. Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford.

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