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Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps

Who we are and what we do 

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network includes more than 200,000 volunteers across the United States and its territories.  For more information about the MRC, you can visit the  national MRC website at www.medicalreservecorps.gov.

The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps (BC-MRC) was formed in 2005. Today, the organization has grown to include more than 250 volunteers. The Bucks County Department of Health and the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency sponsor our unit, which is active both during emergencies and throughout the year. Our volunteers participate in public health preparedness trainings, exercises, and community events both in Bucks County and in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. BC-MRC volunteers have been deployed in response to local and national emergencies. Our unit has also participated in community vaccination clinics and preparedness drills and exercises, staffed emergency shelters, and provided education at community events and expos.

Become a volunteer

To join the BC-MRC, fill out THIS application and submit to hdbcmrc@buckscounty.org. To be a volunteer, you must:  

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Maintain updated contact information with the BC-MRC
  • Complete required trainings on basic emergency preparedness and response
  • Attend at least one BC-MRC event per year
  • Medical volunteers only—maintain an unencumbered and active medical license

You can also get involved with other MRC units in the region:

Request BC-MRC assistance

The BC-MRC can provide education to the public on emergency preparedness and handwashing at health fairs, community expos, to organizations and to students / classrooms. In addition to providing education, the BC-MRC can staff first aid stations at community events. If you are having an event and would like to request BC-MRC assistance, please contact Suzanne Redington at scredington@buckscounty.org / 215-345-3321 or Fallon Maggio at fpmaggio@buckscounty.org / 215-345-3325

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Redington at scredington@buckscounty.org / 215-345-3321 or Fallon Maggio at fpmaggio@buckscounty.org / 215-345-3325 BC-MRC Co-Coordinators

BC-MRC Current Members

Training schedule

Please RSVP two weeks prior to the scheduled date for each training by emailing HDbcmrc@buckscounty.org. For inquiries or requests for accommodations, please contact Suzanne Redington at 215-345-3321 / scredington@buckscounty.org or Fallon Maggio at 215-345-3325 /fpmaggio@buckscounty.org. Trainings are open to community members.

The 2017 training schedule is as follows (please check email regularly for any changes to this schedule):

January 12, 2017
POD Management Training
6:30-8:30 p.m.

February 13, 2017

Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.

February 28, 2017
Bioterrorism 101
6:30-8:30 p.m.

March 11, 2017
First Aid, CPR & AED Certification (free for BC-MRC Volunteers)
8:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

First Aid: The Volunteer Role
10:30-11:30 a.m.

March 28, 2017
MRC Refresher
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 
April 29, 2017
Psychological First Aid*
9:00-10:30 a.m.

Fundamental Mental Health Techniques*
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

* courses are shortened from the regular offering in order to be taken back to back without duplicate information

May 4, 2017
Leadership Committee Meeting 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

May 13, 2017

Working Across Barriers: Responding to the Needs of the Whole Community
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

May 23, 2017
Active Shooter Preparedness & Response
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

June 14, 2017
MRC Orientation
6:30-8:30 p.m.

July 18, 2017
Fundamental Mental Health
6:30-8:30 p.m.

August 22, 2017
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
September 16, 2017
CPR/AED Certification (free for BC-MRC Volunteers)
8:30-10:30 a.m.

First Aid: The Volunteer Role
10:30-11:30 a.m.

October 28, 2017
BC-MRC Orientation
8:30-9:15 p.m.

POD Introduction
9:30-11:15 a.m.

November 8, 2017
POD Management
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
November 14, 2017
Psychological First Aid
8:30-9:15 a.m.

December 2, 2017
Introduction to Epidemiology
TBD

MRC Refresher
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

December 19, 2017
Emergency Preparedness Kit Event
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Extra: take home your own preparedness kit

List of required trainings: 

To be considered a full member, the following trainings are required:

To be considered an Advanced Member, POD Management training must be completed in addition to the six trainings listed above.  

Interested in joining the BC-MRC Leadership Committee? 

The BC-MRC Leadership Committee meets on a monthly basis. This group of volunteers is engaged in setting goals for the BC-MRC, conducting outreach and education, contributing to quarterly newsletters, and providing feedback on program events. Any member of the BC-MRC is welcome to join the Leadership Committee. If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Redington at 215-345-3321 / 
scredington@buckscounty.org or Fallon Maggio at fpmaggio@buckscounty.org  / 215-345-3325