Our sixth Training
Day on November 2, 2013 was possibly our best to date. Once again
we thank the Middlesex
Community College Program on Homeland Security for hosting
this special day. Nearly 90 members of the UMV MRC and their counterparts
in other units shared the day with us. The common thread was that
each session provided skills that could be useful in emergency
sheltering. See the final
Donations of breakfast
items and contributions of raffle prizes made
this event financially viable as well as fun. The purchase of
raffle tickets was entirely optional. The prizes were both generous
and tantalizing, with a high probability of winning because so
many vendors had contributed. Most important: the raffle defrayed
our expenses by nearly $400!
Please consider patronizing
our thoughful contributors, to extend our deep appreciation for
their support of our major training event of the year, which made
Training Day possible. See the links below for details:
This year the educational
format was enhanced by plenary sessions throughout the morning.
We were honored to have Dr. Shannon Manzi, PharmD and James Sheard,
FF/EMT-P deliver the opening presentation on international disaster
The next plenary was
provided by Sharon Tompkins, who shared responsibility for medical
oversight at the Boston Marathon. Tompkins offered 'behind the
scenes' views of the bombing response, with lessons learned. Tompkins
was joined by by colleagues who offered viewpoints on specific
issues, and assisted with the Q/A session afterwards.
The lunch hour was
both festive and informative. UMV MRC Director Sandy Collins,
RN, presented general updates on the unit and thanked our members
for another successful year. Coordinator Nancy Burns, EMT-B, shared
a few brief slides about the progress of MRCs
at the national level.
Downes (left) joins the attendees in welcoming counterparts
of the UMV MRC: Middlesex Community College nursing students,
and representatives from other MRCs and response organizations.
Tompkins delivered a stunning recap of the Boston Marathon
bombing response from behind the scenes.
of the UMV MRC Advisory Council, each of whom represents
one of the seven towns in our coverage area, were acknowledged
The group particularly
welcomed Terry Downes, Esq, host of the event. In his role as
Director of MCC's Program on Homeland Security, Downes emphasized
the value of preparedness in our shared responsibility to monitor
and respond to threats against public safety.
The afternoon was devoted
to four concurrent classroom sessions:
Liang, EMT-B, MPA
Awareness in Disasters
Gould, MA and Dr. Teo Piqué
Laitinen, RN, EMT-P
Sullivan, BA, MSEH
in Coastal Shelters