Training is one of the best benefits of membership in the Corps. There are many trainings available on a cost-free basis for MRC Volunteers, including required training for deployment-ready volunteers as well as optional trainings. For your convenience some of trainings are available online. Please read the WMMRC/WMDART Policy and Procedure Manual as part of your training.
Required Training for Deployment-Ready Volunteers
Required Training for Deployment. We require that you attend this program in person, however, if one is not scheduled near you – please click on the above link to review the slides.
This course will familiarize you with the specific skills, actions and Core Competencies required of all disaster response volunteers. You will learn about the Berkshire Medical Reserve Corps and their role in disaster response as well as Personal Emergency Preparedness – including preparedness for families, animals, businesses and organizations.
II. Incident Command System (ICS) Required Training for Deployment
When a disaster or incident requires response from multiple local emergency management and response agencies, and volunteer groups such as MRC and the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), effective coordination using common processes and systems is critical. The Incident Command System (ICS) provides a flexible, yet standardized core mechanism for coordinated and collaborative incident management, whether for incidents where additional resources are required or are provided from different organizations within a single jurisdiction or outside the jurisdiction, or for complex incidents with national implications. You might think of ICS as a common language that everyone speaks when different response groups work together. View an ICS Organizational Chart
Training on these topics is occasionally available through a classroom format, however, to expedite your training you may also complete these requirements online:
III. Psychological First Aid (PFA) Required Training for Deployment. We prefer that you attend this program in person, however, if one is not scheduled near you – here is a link to a very comprehensive Psychological First Aid online course.
This course deals with principals and techniques of dealing with people in the midst or immediate aftermath of disaster. These practices are designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, and to foster adaptive functioning and coping. The course aims to foster an understanding that disaster survivors, and others impacted by such events, will experience a broad range of reactions (e.g. physical, psychological, cognitive, spiritual). Some of these reactions will cause sufficient distress for the individual and may be alleviated by support from compassionate and caring disaster responders.
Additional Training – optional
- First Aid and CPR
- Disaster Planning and Preparedness for Families
- Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
- Emergency Shelter Management and Operations
- Hazardous Materials
- Various hospital based training opportunities
- Emergency Dispensing Sites (EDS or POD) see video
- Advanced and Specialized ICS
- Amateur Radio Operators License Training
- Just-in-Time Training JITT
- Exercises and Drills
- Working with Children in Disasters
- Emergency Animal Sheltering
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Check out our Resource Page for training videos and PPT presentations