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The Health Department works to protect the public health during an emergency. By partnering with Public Safety the department develops plans to assist residents during emergencies. The department is constantly updating and improving current public health emergency plans to ensure the public is protected and informed during emergencies. In addition to attending trainings, the Health Department works to strengthen the ties with health providers, public safety and regional and State agencies to better prepare ourselves for emergency situations.

To help the Department during emergencies the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was formed. The Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) consists of volunteers that attend training and could be called to assist in public health emergencies, such as a pandemic, a mass casualty event or bioterrorism.

Currently, there are four (4) federally recognized MRCs that provide coverage for all 27 communities in Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Region 4b: Region 4b MRC, Norfolk County 7 (NC7), Brookline MRC and Newton MRC.

Norfolk County 7 (NC7) MRC: Norwood MRC
Norwood is a member of the federally recognized Norfolk County 7 (NC7) MRC which is comprised of members from the seven communities of Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Wellesley, and Westwood. In addition, Norwood is member of the larger, Region 4b MRC which is an umbrella organization serving every community in the region.
 
How to join the Norwood MRC:
If you are interested in joining the Norwood MRC, please complete the following three forms:
MRC Application  CORI Request Form  Pre-Employment Inquiry Release 

All volunteers must have background information checks (CORI & SORI).   Please attach a copy of your driver's license and mail to the Norwood Health Department, 566 Washington Street, Norwood MA 02062. Once the application has been approved, you will be asked to come to the Health Department to have a photo taken for a MRC identification badge.

You may also join online at www.region4bvolunteer.org and click on "Complete an online Application". Please note that you still will need to complete a CORI/SORI application.

MRC Training
Please visit the Massachusetts Region 4b Portal at www.region4bvolunteer.org and click on "View Upcoming Events".

Minimum Training for MRC members
It is necessary for MRC volunteers to be familiar with Incident Management and the Incident Command Structure in order to effectively work in unison with other agencies and organizations. It is therefore highly recommended that all MRC volunteers take the following on-line courses. If you have any questions about the courses or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please take the following 2 online classes:
1. IS-700a NIMS Awareness
National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It can be used across a full spectrum of potential incidents regardless of size or complexity. The purpose of NIMS is to improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of domestic incident management activities. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable government and non-government organizations to work together during an incident.
On-line Course Materials
http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.asp
 
2. ICS 100 Training
Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept. It is a flexible system which uses an integrated, organized structure to match the demands of an incident. It ensures a coordination and cooperation through the use of common terminology and a common command structure.
On-line Course Materials
http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100b.asp
 
MRC Resources
MRC Training Schedule:  Region 4b MRC Fall 2013 Training Calendar
Norwood MRC Bulletin
National MRC Newsletter
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