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Franklin County MRC Helps at SawMill River Race

Erin McNay and Jeanne Dodge

Erin McNay and Jeanne Dodge

 

FRCOG’s Citizen Corps Program provided two volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program to the Montague Parks and Recreations’ 2015 SawMill River 5K Race on January 1st in Montague Center. MRC volunteers Jeanne Dodge, a certified first responder and former EMT, and Erin McNay, a registered nurse, covered the first aid table at the event. Citizen Corps Coordinator, Robert Quinn-O’Connor (not pictured) ,was also at the event providing logistical support to the MRC volunteers.

Enterovirus D68

Last week, Massachusetts has its first confirmed case of Enterovirus D68. In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likley to get infected with enteroviruses. Children with asthma have a highger risk for severe respiratory illness. For more information on the virus, how it is spread, and what precautions your family should take, please see the MA Dept. of Public Health’s website.

Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared

A number of recent events have forged a spirit of togetherness throughout Massachusetts. The pride and community that residents feel across the state has inspired a renewed sense of camaraderie.

The Department of Public Health and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments are excited to celebrate Emergency Preparedness Month. We’re encouraging statewide action and teamwork to prepare your family and help your neighbor. Check out this Youtube video to see how you can get yourself and your family prepared for an emergency.

MRC 101 Training Now Taking Registration

Medical Reserve Corps logo

Come be a part of the response! The Franklin County Citizens Corps will hold a training for medical and non-medical personnel, who want to volunteer in times of disaster, on the following date:

  • Saturday, January 16th 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

The training will be held at the Montague Public Safety Complex, 180 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers assist in medical emergencies such as disasters, catastrophic incidents, mass vaccinations and prophylaxis for potential epidemics. Roles are assigned depending on the license and qualifications of the volunteer. But even those without licenses can help in numerous ways. There are a set of required trainings and then an expectation that the volunteer will keep up with necessary trainings as time goes by. The MRC holds occasional drills, an annual meeting, and short monthly meetings which are generally optional, but each volunteer must attend at least one a year.

Requirements:
• Complete the MRC Training course and course evaluation.
• Complete a Application packet including policy and procedure agreements
• Credentialed and pass a CORI/SORI check
• Complete a Personal and Family Preparedness Plan
• Complete ICS/100 and NIMS/700 within one year of joining the MRC
• Complete CPR/First Aid training (if not already certified) within one year of joining the MRC
• Attend one MRC unit activity per year – training, meeting, or drill.

The MRC Training itself involves the following:
• Health, Safety and Personal Preparedness
• Vulnerable and Special Needs Populations
• Psychological First Aid
• NIMS and Incident Command Overview
• Points of Distribution (POD)
• Roles and Responsibilities of the MRC Volunteer

For more information, or to register, contact Robert Quinn-O’Connor.

Franklin County REPC Annual HazMat Exercise

WildfireThe Franklin County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) is hosting its annual hazmat tabletop exercise the evening of 9/10/14. The goal of the exercise is to test a new set of standard operating guidelines developed from the Franklin County Ethanol Response Plan and to test Montague’s new Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Eventbrite - Franklin County REPC Annual HazMat Tabletop Exercise