Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers
If you are seeking a meaningful way to serve your community, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. The MRC is an organization of licensed health and medical professionals and non-health care professionals who volunteer in public health emergencies and community education.
Washington County MRC is comprised of licensed health care professionals from a variety of disciplines which include alternative care providers. Non-health care volunteers include engineers, IT, communications and many other professions. Our volunteers participate in fun and useful training activities, community outreach and emergency response.
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers donated $217,000 worth of service in 2019, augmenting public health outreach, providing emergency preparedness education and participating in other worthwhile endeavors. These are some of ways MRC volunteers contributed:
Serving: Helping partner agencies such as Medical Teams International, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Red Cross and many others.
First Aid: Providing first aid services at community events such as Take a Soldier Fishing, Seattle to Portland Bike Event and events hosted by local non-profit agencies.
Collaborating: At vaccination clinics with numerous partner agencies.
Teaching: Stop the Bleed, Fall Prevention for Seniors, Compression only CPR, CPR/AED certification, First Aid certification, Emergency Preparedness and Listos (preparedness classes in Spanish)
Learning: Trainings including Basic Disaster Life Support, Advanced Disaster Life Support, Triage, Wilderness First Aid and numerous other exciting courses provided at no cost to our volunteers.
Practicing: Setting up secondary and tertiary medical care for an extensive simulated disaster response exercise with area Community Emergency Response Teams
Washington County's MRC Unit is one of 15 units in Oregon and one of the most active in the state. Read about the National MRC inception, interesting facts and data on the Medical Reserve Corps Fact Sheet (PDF).