You do not have to be a doctor or nurse, or even have a medical background, to become a volunteer with the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Fairfax MRC is an all volunteer program designed to increase the ability of our public health system to help our community when disaster strikes.
MRC volunteers may be called on to provide emergency assistance, like staffing medication dispensing sites. It takes just 8 hours of training to make a difference in your community. For more information call 703-246-8641, TTY 711 or email Fairfax MRC.
The MRC Program was created after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC is composed of medical and non-medical personnel who serve as volunteers to respond to natural disasters and emergencies. These volunteers assist communities nationwide during emergencies and for ongoing efforts in public health. The Fairfax MRC is one of more than 975 units nationwide that currently include more than 205,000 volunteers.
If you want to become a MRC volunteer, but live outside Fairfax County contact the National Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
- Free emergency preparedness and emergency response training.
- Be a local champion — one of the special people who can help a community in crisis.
How Do I Volunteer?
Already a Volunteer?
- Minimum of 18 years of age.
- Complete VVHS application.
- Complete orientation.
- Participate in at least one activity per year.
- Complete background check: SP-167.
- United States citizenship is not required; however, members must present a valid form of identification at the time of orientation.
- Members must remain free of felony and serious misdemeanor convictions.
- Members must agree to abide by and sign the Fairfax Volunteer Code of Ethics.
Emergency Response Volunteers
- Must complete FEMA ICS 100 and 700.
- Must speak and understand English, if specified in position description.
- Must be able to work a 12-hour shift, if specified in position description.
Public Health Volunteers
Based on assignment, volunteers may be asked to:
- Complete a full criminal background investigation with fingerprints at the Fairfax County Government Center.
- Provide immunization record.
- Sign confidentiality agreement.
- Complete additional training as needed.
Learn about the required training.