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Spring 2018 Events
 

We hope you're pleased to put winter away and welcome the month of April! Thanks to each of you who made our events through March so very successful.

The table below lists the season's events in order, followed by the details. We strongly encourage all members to sign up for the special Mission-Ready Teams (MRT) event on April 11! See the update on MRT and self-paced ICS courses at the end of this web page.

This information is current as of March 30. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events

4/7

Sat
9A-noon
Chelmsford
Town-Wide Wellness Fair
FULL! Promote public health & MRC

4/11

Weds
6-9P
Chelmsford
MRC Exercise for ALL Members
Please sign up for this special event!

4/12

Thurs
6-9:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR: Residents
FULL! Two-year certification for laypersons

4/14

Sat
10A-1:30P
Billerica
Billerica Health &Wellness Fair
Promote public health & MRC, screen BPs
6/3
Sun
10A-1P
Tewksbury
Annual Bike Rodeo/Safety Day
Support family health and fitness

7/15

Sun
8A-1:30P
Westford
Live for Liv Non-Violence Event
Raise MRC/PH awareness, event support

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

April 7 (Sat) - Town-Wide Health Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road (Rt.40), North Chelmsford -- across from Freeman Lake. MRC staffing is FULL! Stop by the COA to support us in promoting the MRC and public health initiatives, screen BPs, and oversee "Let's Move!" activities.

April 11 (Weds) - Final MRT Exercise, 6 to 9 p.m., Chelmsford Senior Center. All members are strongly encouraged to sign up. Participate in a table-top exercise about storm response. Watch the debut of our unit's new 10-minute video on Emergency Dispensing Sites. Enjoy a special presentation from a member who's responded with therapy dogs to national disasters. Reconnect with your fellow members over dinner. Click to see the flyer with details.

April 14 (Sat) - Billerica Health and Wellness Fair - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Elks Lodge on Webb Brook Road. Seeking two more volunteers at any level. We'll lead visitors in a game of 'Public Health Jeopardy' at 10:30 and again at 11:30 to win prizes! We'll also promote health initiatives, emergenc preparedness and the MRC, with medical volunteers to screen BPs.

NEW! 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.

NEW! July 15 (Sun) - Live for Liv Festival - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, 4H Fairgrounds in Westford. Annual event to raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage prevention. Seeking medical volunteers to provide initial first aid, non-medical volunteers to support family fitness and promote public health. See the event web site for details on this year's initiative.

II. LGH MONTHLY ROUNDS

We are sharing this information as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. These seminars take place in the Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell. 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. The following events are confirmed to date; final schedule expected after 1/22/18.

April 26 (Thurs): Burns; Brigham & Women's Burn Team.

May (date TBD): Pediatric Emergencies and Case Review.

[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

III. UPDATE PER MRTs

As many of you know, in March 2017 our unit was awarded $13,000 for a grant to train volunteers for Mission-Ready Teams. The final commitment is to build our skills in a table-top exercise, to expand our readiness for all-hazards response. We'll also review our support of two EDS drills that took place on Feb. 21 and 22. Our interactions with local public health leaders in such 'real world' activities support our grant commitments.

Our volunteers have attended 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, Homeland Security, and Communications. Members are also attaining basic and instructor-level certifications in the 'Stop the Bleed' program. Volunteers at all levels were active in flu clinics (non-emergency skill building for service at an Emergency Dispensing Site), and at a wide range of community service events. Our skills were especially put to the test with this month's Winter Storm Quinn response, and members passed with flying colors!

The Final MRT Exercises on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chelmsford Senior Center will allow us to pull these skills together. We'll envision how our teams would respond to the most likely potential deployments: EDS, Emergency Sheltering, and MCIs. Team leaders will provide sample 'Just In Time' training with basic documents and protocols in a tabletop exercise. We'll gather feedback on our preparations, and conclude with graduation festivities. It does not matter if you have participated in the EDS curriculum, because any member can benefit from attending the final exercises!!! The more attendees, the better!

IV. 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. 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:

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.

 


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