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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.  

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 the BC-MRC. The BC-MRC is active both during emergencies and throughout the year. BC-MRC members 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. The BC-MRC has also participated in community vaccination clinics and preparedness drills and exercises, staffed emergency shelters, and provided education at community events and expos.  For more information on the MRC, you can visit the national MRC website at www.medicalreservecorps.gov.

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, and other events. 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 Robert Mitchell at rmmitchell@buckscounty.org / 215-345-3325


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

BC-MRC Current Members

Training schedule

Trainings are open to community members. 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 Robert Mitchell at 215-345-3325 /rmmitchell@buckscounty.org

The 2016 training schedule is as follows (please check email regularly for any changes to this schedule):

January 12, 2016
POD Management Training
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: POD Introduction

February 23, 2016
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.

March 12, 2016
First Aid Certification (free)
8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

BC-MRC Orientation
12:15-1:00 p.m.

April 7, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

April 9, 2016
Psychological First Aid*
8:30-10:00 a.m.

Fundamental Mental Health Techniques*
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

First Aid: The Volunteer Role*
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* courses are shortened from the regular offering in order to be taken back to back without duplicate information

May 5, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

May 17, 2016

Bioterrorism 101
6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 21, 2016
POD Introduction
6:30-8:30 p.m.

July 19, 2016
Fundamental Mental Health Techniques
6:30-8:30 p.m.

August 16, 2016
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
6:30-8:30 p.m.

September 8, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

September 20, 2016
CPR/AED Certification (free)
6:00-8:00 p.m.

First Aid: The Volunteer Role
8:15-9:00 p.m.

October 6, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

November 3, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

November 22, 2016
BC-MRC Orientation
8:30-9:15 a.m.

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

POD Management*
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
* courses are shortened from the regular offering in order to be taken back to back without duplicate information 

November 29, 2016
Psychological First Aid
6:30-8:30 p.m.

December 1, 2016
Leadership Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

December 13, 2016
Emergency Preparedness Kit Event
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Extra: take home your own preparedness kit

Contact Information Update Form 

Current members—to update your contact information, please use the form below and return to hdbcmrc@buckscounty.org.  

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 Robert Mitchell at rmmitchell@buckscounty.org  / 215-345-3325