News Release: Fairfax MRC Holds "Boot Camp" on Oct. 5, 2013

October 3, 2013

The Fairfax County Health Department is recruiting new volunteers for its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program. New volunteers can register and attend "boot camp" on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 are trained to assist the Health Department in improving public health, emergency response and resiliency of the community.

New volunteers who are interested in the MRC may visit to learn more about the program and eligibility and to sign up. Please call 703-246-8641 (TTY 711) or email to register for Saturday's "boot camp."

Fairfax MRC "Boot Camp"

Saturday, October 5, 2013
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Health Department Administration Building (The office complex at Kelly Square)
10777 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030

Boot Camp Trainings

  • MRC Orientation: Introduces new members to the role of the Health Department in the event of a public health emergency, how a dispensing site is organized and what roles MRC volunteers play in the process.
  • IS100/700: Introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). NIMS provides a consistent, nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

The national MRC program was created in 2002 when the Citizen Corps was established. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and the subsequent anthrax attacks, 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, the Medical Reserve Corps program has grown to 942 units across the United States with more than 205,000 volunteers.


Glen Barbour
Public Safety Information Officer, Fairfax County Health Department
703-246-8635, TTY 711

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