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-Healthcare professionals who volunteer and assist public health staff in the event of an emergency.
Washington County MRC is comprised of licensed healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines which include alternative care providers. Non-Healthcare volunteers include engineers, IT, communications and many other professions. Our volunteers participate in fun and useful training activities, community outreach and, when the situation arises, emergency response.
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers donated over 3000 hours in 2018, 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, Disability, Aging and Veterans Services and many others
First Aid: Providing first aid services at community events such as Take a Soldier Fishing, Seattle to Portland Bike Event and others
Collaborating: At vaccination clinics and 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
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 14 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).