Medical Reserve Corps Team Mission
The mission of the Lincoln Trail MRC is to serve as a healthcareresource for the district. The Lincoln Trail MRC will support and assist local governments, area hospitals, and non-profit disaster response agencies with emergency medical operations and vital public and community health activities.
History of the Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. MRC is a partner program of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Peace Corps are all part of the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation.
Who are MRC
Volunteers MRC are medical and non-medical volunteers. You do not need to have a medical license to be a MRC volunteer. MRC are medical professionals and all the other support individuals needed in an emergency such as nurses, physicians, social workers, teachers, translators, administrators, etc.
How Do I Sign Up as a Volunteer?
Volunteers can register in the Kentucky Department for Public Health database online at https://khelps.chfs.ky.gov or contact the local MRC Coordinator by phone at (270)769-1601. For more information visit the Medical Reserve Corps national website at www.medicalreservecorps.gov and read about the Lincoln Trail MRC.
Medical Reserve Corps Training
To be approved as a Medical Reserve Corps member, volunteers must complete "Basic" level training. This course includes a Medical Reserve Corps orientation, and two Federal Emergency Management Association sponsored courses - An Introduction to National Incident Management (NIMS) - IS700, and An Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) - IS100.a. Additional classes are offered and incentives are given to members who attend the "Intermediate" and "Advanced" level classes. The "Intermediate" course provides information on activities Public Health will be involved with during emergencies. Volunteers will also receive information on "Family Emergency Preparedness" which will help make sure their families are prepared in the event of an emergency. The "Advanced" courses provide information about the psychology of disaster, as well as information on infectious disease and viral and bacterial agents used in bio terrorism. Register for MRC classes - TRAIN Click the link to register for training. Use the Course ID on the MRC Training Schedule for easy registration. If you do not already have a TRAIN account, click here for simple instructions on creating an account and registering for training.
Level I Training's:
KY DPH Medical Reserve Corps Orientation Training
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces MRC volunteers to activation, reporting and deactivation procedures and describes the role of the local MRC unit in a public health event or emergency response. Also helps MRC members identify limits to their own skills, knowledge and abilities as they pertain to MRC roles. TRAIN Course ID # 1009215.
KY DPH Medical Reserve Corps – An Introduction to NIMS Training
COURSE DESCRIPTION: “On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.” This course introduces NIMS, explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. TRAIN Course ID # 1009103.
ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
This course is designed to give an introduction to the principles, common terminology and position responsibilities when responding to an event using the Incident Command System. The course specifically discusses major ICS functions and their primary responsibilities, ICS organizational units, span of control, major incident facilities and the function of each, what an Incident Action Plan is and how it is used, and the common responsibilities associated with incident assignments from the Federal disaster response workforce perspective. TRAIN Course ID# 1014646
Other Available Training & Resources
NOTE: Once you have completed a FEMA course a certificate will be emailed to you. Please email, mail, or fax a copy of these certificates to our office to be placed in your file.
Contact Us To Get Started Volunteering Today!
Fill out this form and you’ll be contacted about opportunities in your community. There is no obligation. Feel free to contact Melody Elliott, Unit Leader Lincoln Trail District Health Department, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
108 New Glendale Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701