"The number one lesson we learned from our experience in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene is that Vermonters take care of each other."
Volunteer for the Corps
Local health, safety, and preparedness begins with you!
Vermont’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are community-based groups of volunteers who supplement local emergency and public health resources with their existing skills. They receive training in emergency preparedness, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and support Health Department initiatives.
MRC volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds (medical and non-medical) and contribute as much time as their schedules allow. Some volunteers take pride in putting it on their resume, while others find satisfaction from putting their skills to good use to benefit others.
We saw it during Tropical Storm Irene - when a disaster strikes, the first response is always local. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers help ensure our communities are ready for a large-scale emergency or public health crisis.
- Share your abilities
- Develop new skills through free training
- Give back to your community
Did you know that volunteering is also good for your health?
Research presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
Learn more about the Health Benefits of Volunteering.
- Sign up now - Join the Medical Reserve Corps
- For more information call or email your local MRC unit You'll get information about the MRC, including how to join, about unit, and training activities.
If there isn't yet a MRC unit near you, help establish a unit in your community, or stay connected for when one is created.
All Vermont MRC volunteers have a basic level of training requirements. These training requirements are consistent with the MRC Core Competencies.
This ensures that all Vermont MRC volunteers have completed the same minimum level of training. Volunteers will be trained in the following:
- ICS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System
- ICS 700: National Incident Management System
- Personal or Family Preparedness
- Point of Distribution (POD) – Mass prophylaxis
- Psychological First Aid
Each Vermont MRC unit will provide the standard basic level of training. Once a volunteer has met those requirements, the unit coordinator can expand on advanced training and exercises, such as:
- Emergency Exercises
- CPR & First Aid
- Medical Surge
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Local Emergency and Health Procedures
- Portable Hospital Setup and Operation
- Shelter Management
- Disaster Life Support
For more information
Contact the Vermont State MRC Coordinator
Derek Pitts, State MRC Coordinator
Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response and Injury Prevention
Vermont Department of Health