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We hope you enjoyed the year-end holidays! Thank you to the many volunteers who have served our unit throughout 2015, and who made our 'ICS for Healthcare Providers and Hospitals" class such a success on February 4. This web page offers events from February 29 through April 9.

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

CPR -- This is the first year we expected to postpone our usual CPR classes until after February, which is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association 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 this spring. For an overview of CPR and the updates for 2015, read the AHA press release.

2/27 Update: Our instructors just received the new training materials for the Healthcare Providers course! We promptly offered a 'test class' for Monday, February 29, and all eight spaces filled immediately. Because this is a Leap Year, we are able to maintain our tradition of honoring Heart Month with a CPR class.

Refer to the table provided below, and revisit this page often for details. This information is current as of
February 27.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
2/29
Mon.
5:30-9P
Westford
Debut HCP CPR class
Among the first in the nation to offer it. FULL!
3/12
Sat.
10A-noon
Chelmsford
Volunteer Fair
Annual awareness and recruiting event: FULL!
3/15
Tues.
7-9P
Westford
Diabetics in Disaster
Presentation on diabetic issues

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 12, Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Chelmsford Volunteer Fair. Annual MRC awareness and BP screening. Chelmsford Senior Center. 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, 01863. Staffing is now FULL, but please stop by to say hello, and invite potential new members to do the same.

March 15, Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Diabetics in Disaster. The speaker, Betsy O'Keefe, RNP, is a seasoned diabetes educator. Attend this session to learn about the range of diabetic issues, and how the condition poses additional risk in disaster. Two CEUs and two OEMS hours have been granted for medical participants, though all backgrounds are welcome. Millennium School, 23 Depot St, Westford 01886.

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