For most of these
events, we're seeking as many volunteers as possible at all
levels. Medical: BP screening, first aid support, promotion
of health initiatives. Non-medical: 'Let's Move!' activities,
MRC awareness, overall event support. Typical
shifts are 4 hours or less. We can also use one hour
each of set-up and tear-down support, for those who'd like to
help but whose time is limited. These events provide a great
way to serve your community, while having fun and getting to
know your fellow members.
24-26, Friday through Sunday: Lowell
Folk Festival. Our unit is honored to be providing
first aid on the Emergency Management bus, which will be stationed
on Kirk Street at French Street, across from Boarding House
Park. This is the first time we've been invited to serve at
this annual event, which is the second largest folk festival
in the nation. See the event web site for details: http://lowellfolkfestival.org/.
All shifts are now filled, though we could use one medical back-up
volunteer for Sunday 3-6 p.m. Please send an e-mail If interested.
to 9 p.m.
shifts filled; thanks!
to 3:30 p.m.
filled, but could use a back-up from 3-6P.
4, Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., National
Night Out for Safety. Tewksbury COA. All three shifts
have been filled; stop by to say hello! Link for details about
the national program: https://natw.org/
22 and 23 (Blues 'n Brews, 11:30A-4:30P on
Sat.; Pig 'n Pepper, 11A-5P on Sun.). Summerfest.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford. Times estimated, to be confirmed
by early August. Link for details: http://www.skinashoba.com/summer/festivals/summerfest-2015.html.
Need MANY medical and non-medical volunteers!
12, Sat. 9A-5P, Dracut Old
Home Day. High School Complex. Link for details:
19, Sat. 11A-5P, Yankee
Doodle Homecoming Weekend, Billerica municipal offices
on Good Street. Link for details: http://www.town.billerica.ma.us/406/Yankee-Doodle-Homecoming
3, Sat, 10A-2P, Dracut Health
& Wellness Fair. NEW event, first year in which
our members are invited to help. Richardson Middle School, 1570
Lakeview Ave, Dracut 01826.
All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in
the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management
System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and
NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and
e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator
for our files. If you have not yet completed these courses,
then please click on these links for the self-study materials:
Each course usually
takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the
final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before
entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the
system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who
certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments.
Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact
effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide
medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.