Training and Events

One of the benefits of membership in the UMV MRC is the opportunity to take continuing education classes; usually with free recertification credits, which can be particularly helpful for medical professionals and affiliates.

In addition to providing multiple New Member Orientations and CPR/AED trainings, this year we offered three new classes.

  • Diane Maltais, RN and Bill Kinch, EMT-paramedic, both from Saints Memorial Medical Center, presented a session on “Protecting the Care Provider: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, and Scene Safety.”
  • Dr. Lisa Gurland (right), Director of Behavioral Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, shown with MRC members, offered a two-part pilot course on Behavioral Health and Psychological First Aid, which any member could apply in a disaster.
  • Betsy Land, Health Educator from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, gave a well-attended pilot offering of “Using the Incident Command System in an Emergency Dispensing Site.”


The Director and Coordinator represented our unit at the first statewide MRC “Best Practices Conference” in March. Their roles included serving as panelists in discussion topics, and presenting a poster session, as well as helping to prepare and emcee the event itself. Special guests included a speaker who was responsible for organizing the Houston Astrodome shelter during Hurricane Katrina (Lt. Commander Joe Leonard ), and several MA legislators.

The staff represented the unit during the national MRC conference, held in Providence, RI in April. The staff and two members attended the first Region I (New England) MRC conference in Portland, ME in October. Earlier that month, our volunteers converged to enjoy Member Appreciation Night and reflect on their experiences with the unit throughout more than three years since its inception.

National MRC Conference

Member Appreciation Night


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886