Medical Reserve Corps Holds Boot Camp Trainings


February 15, 2012

The Fairfax County Health Department is recognizing the 10th anniversary of the national Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program at a series of “boot camp” trainings being held throughout the community to encourage residents to volunteer. MRC volunteers are not required to have a medical background—Fairfax MRC volunteers include medical and non-medical professionals, such as physicians, nurses, office workers, and teachers. Fairfax MRC volunteers train and prepare to assist the Health Department if they are called upon to assist during a public health emergency. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/MRC to learn more about the program and eligibility.

Residents of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church are encouraged to join the MRC and attend an orientation session. The trainings below are open to new and current Fairfax MRC volunteers. The three sessions—scheduled in March and April—include training on emergency preparedness and response:

  • March 3, 2012
    8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Hayfield Secondary School (7630 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, Va.)
    New Volunteers: MRC Orientation
    Current Fairfax MRC Volunteers:
    ICS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System; ICS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS) introduction; and Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Response Training
  • March 31, 2012
    8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Chantilly High School (4201 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, Va.)
    New Volunteers:  MRC Orientation
    Current Fairfax MRC Volunteers: ICS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System; ICS-700, NIMS introduction; and Safety Officer Training
  • April 21, 2012
    8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Robinson Secondary School (5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, Va.)
    New Volunteers: MRC Orientation
    Current Fairfax MRC Volunteers
    :  ICS-100, Introduction to Incident Command; ICS-700, NIMS introduction; Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Response; and Safety Officer Training

The national MRC program was created following the 2002 State of the Union address which called for establishing the Citizen Corps. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and the subsequent anthrax attack involving the U.S. Postal Service, volunteer programs—including the MRC—were designed to provide volunteer opportunities for people to make their families, homes, and communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters.

Since its inception ten years ago, the national Medical Reserve Corps program has grown from 42 units in 2002 to 974 individual units located across the United States. The more than 203,000 volunteers work collectively to build strong, healthy, and prepared communities.


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