Wilbraham MRC was formed in 2006 as a joint effort of the Health Department, Fire Department, and Regional School District. Approximately 50 volunteers were identified, a diverse group pf nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists, and non-medical personnel from the community. Primary focus of the new unit was to gain MRC recognition status, certify, organize, and train volunteers. Since start-up, the Unit has participated in joint emergency response exercises in the community, County, and State, established and activated an emergency dispensing site, conducted numerous immunization clinics in the community, most notably for H1N1 immunizations in 2009-10. The unit also assisted local and surrounding communities during the June 1, 2011 tornado event, hurricane Irene response August 25, 2011, and the Nor’easter of October 29, 2011. Currently, volunteers number approximately 45. Ongoing activities are focused on recruiting new members, and keeping volunteers in contact and trained, energized, and prepared to respond as needed.
In January, 2013, the Towns of Wilbraham and Hampden signed a MOU creating a joint unit between the Towns to be identified as the Hampden/Wilbraham MRC. Work continues to identify, train, and credential new volunteers, and develop appropriate administrative protocols to best serve the new consolidated unit.
In 2016, goals and objectives will focus on credentialing volunteers, assigning POD roles and responsibilities to specific volunteers, and developing administrative policies for the consolidated unit. Email the Hampden/Wilbraham MRC Unit Coordinator HERE