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Winter 2018 Events
 

We are eager to move into the New Year having already scheduled several activities, with more events in the planning stages. Check back often for updates, including details on activities related to Heart Month, as well as the conclusion of our Mission-Ready Teams grant by the end of March 2018.

This information is current as of Dec. 20. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

February as National Heart Month

2/6/18

Tues
5:00-9:30P
Westford
Healthcare Providers CPR/AED
Two-year AHA certification for medical vols.

2/13/18

Tues
5:30-9:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Two-year certification for non-medical vols.

2/21/18

Weds
9-11A
Tewksbury
EDS Exercise w/ MRT
Drill to test local response capabilities

2/27/18

Tues
5:00-9:30P
Westford
Snow date, if CPR postponed
Held only if 2/6 or 2/13 class is cancelled

2/28/18

Weds
7-8:30P
Chelmsford
Stop The Bleed Mega-Class
Free certification for Chelmsford residents

3/27/18

Tues
7-8:30P
Westford
Stop The Bleed Mega-Class
Free certification for Westford residents

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 test our skills in a table-top exercise, to expand our readiness for all-hazards response. We are fortunate that Tewksbury has just become the first of four UMV communities to schedule its EDS drill for this winter. This event provides an opportunity for our unit to interact with local public health leaders in activities that can meet our grant commitments.

Members 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 Homeland Security. 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.

Stay tuned for details on our role in the region's EDS exercises!

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.

 


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886