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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):



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

POD Introduction
6:30-8:30 p.m.
*This training is a collaboration with the Montgomery County MRC and will be held at Union Library of Hatboro.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
BC-MRC Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
First Aid, CPR & AED Certification
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
POD Management
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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

Thursday, May 3, 2018
BC-MRC Leadership Committee Meeting 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 2018

Bioterrorism 101
6:30-8:30 p.m.
*This training is a collaboration with the Montgomery County MRC and will be held at a location in/near Conshohocken.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
MRC Orientation
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 25, 2018
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
BC-MRC Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 16, 2018
Fundamental Mental Health Techniques
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
POD Introduction
6:30-8:30 p.m.
*This training is a collaboration with Montgomery County MRC and will be held at a location in/near Conshohocken.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
BC-MRC Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
First Aid, CPR & AED Certification
9:00-11:00 a.m.

First Aid: The Volunteer Role
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Bioterrorism 101
6:30-8:30 p.m.
*This training is a collaboration with Montgomery County MRC and will be held at the Union Library of Hatboro.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
POD Management
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
BC-MRC Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Reaching Across Barriers: Responding to the Needs of the Whole Community
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
*This training is a collaboration with the Montgomery County MRC and will be held at the Union Library of Hatboro
 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Psychological First Aid
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Epidemiology 101
9:00-11:00 a.m.

MRC Refresher
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Emergency Preparedness Kit Event
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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