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Sign Up for Summer 2015 Events!
 

We hope you are enjoying a delightful summer! Many thanks to the volunteers who served at the 'Live for Liv' event on July 19, which raised awareness and funding to address domestic violence. We also appreciate the medical volunteers who have filled all our shifts for the Lowell Folk Festival -- the first year when our unit was invited to support the First Aid station.

If you're available for MRC events this season, then please let us know where you'd like to help. We've just added a NEW event for October 3 in Dracut.

The options listed below are appropriate for both new and long-term volunteers, medical and non-medical.

Refer to the table provided below, and revisit this page often for details. This information is current as of
July 23.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
7/24-26
Fri-Sun
Varies
Lowell
Lowell Folk Festival
Second largest free folk festival in the U.S!
8/4
Tues.
4-6P
Tewksbury
Night Out for Safety
Promote community safety and health
8/22
Sat.
11:30A-4:30P
Westford
Blues 'n Brews
Major regional music festival
8/23
Sun.
11A-5P
Westford
Pig 'n Pepper
Family-oriented regional event
9/12
Sat.
9A-5P
Dracut
Old Home Day
Annual festival

9/19

Sat.
11A-5P
Billerica
Yankee Doodle Weekend
Annual festival

10/3

Sat.
10A-2P
Dracut
Health & Wellness Fair
New event for our unit!

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.

For most of these events, we're seeking as many volunteers as possible at all levels. Medical: BP screening, first aid support, promotion of health initiatives. Non-medical: 'Let's Move!' activities, MRC awareness, overall event support. Typical shifts are 4 hours or less. We can also use one hour each of set-up and tear-down support, for those who'd like to help but whose time is limited. These events provide a great way to serve your community, while having fun and getting to know your fellow members.

1. July 24-26, Friday through Sunday: Lowell Folk Festival. Our unit is honored to be providing first aid on the Emergency Management bus, which will be stationed on Kirk Street at French Street, across from Boarding House Park. This is the first time we've been invited to serve at this annual event, which is the second largest folk festival in the nation. See the event web site for details: http://lowellfolkfestival.org/. All shifts are now filled, though we could use one medical back-up volunteer for Sunday 3-6 p.m. Please send an e-mail If interested.

DATE
DAY
SHIFT
STATUS
7/24
Friday
5 to 9 p.m.
All shifts filled; thanks!
7/25
Saturday
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
3:15 to 6:30
7/26
Sunday

Noon to 3:15
3 to 6 p.m.

Shifts filled, but could use a back-up from 3-6P.

2. Aug. 4, Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., National Night Out for Safety. Tewksbury COA. All three shifts have been filled; stop by to say hello! Link for details about the national program: https://natw.org/

3. Aug. 22 and 23 (Blues 'n Brews, 11:30A-4:30P on Sat.; Pig 'n Pepper, 11A-5P on Sun.). Summerfest. Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford. Times estimated, to be confirmed by early August. Link for details: http://www.skinashoba.com/summer/festivals/summerfest-2015.html. Need MANY medical and non-medical volunteers!

4. Sept. 12, Sat. 9A-5P, Dracut Old Home Day. High School Complex. Link for details: http://dracutoldhomeday.com

5. Sept. 19, Sat. 11A-5P, Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend, Billerica municipal offices on Good Street. Link for details: http://www.town.billerica.ma.us/406/Yankee-Doodle-Homecoming

6. Oct. 3, Sat, 10A-2P, Dracut Health & Wellness Fair. NEW event, first year in which our members are invited to help. Richardson Middle School, 1570 Lakeview Ave, Dracut 01826.

7. Ongoing: 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.

 


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