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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Collin County Medical Reserve Corps is a community-oriented and community service organization. Our mission is to help Collin County in the event of a public health emergency. We also work actively in our neighborhoods and communities throughout the year in a broad range of events and trainings.  The MRC has positions for both medical and non-medical members.


The MRC Hero

Click here to read the most recent MRC newsletter.  This newsletter contains MRC news and upcoming events.


Volunteer Now!

Complete the following steps to become an MRC member. First, sign up with the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry (TDVR). Next, complete the Collin County Medical Reserve Corps application.


Step 1: Click here to sign up with TDVR
  Complete the following steps once on the TDVR webpage:

  • Select Register Now
  • Select Add Organizations
  • Find Collin County Organizations
  • Select the drop-down button next to Collin County Organizations
  • Select the check box next to Collin County Medical Reserve Corps
  • Press Select
  • Enter your information, availability and skills


Step 2: Complete the Collin County MRC application

  • Once your TDVR profile is completed to 100%, the MRC Coordinator will email you an MRC application.

  

Community Events

The Collin County MRC prides itself on working with the community. In the past we have participated in these community events:

  • Flu clinics
  • Health and emergency preparedness fairs
  • The Collin Classic Bike Race
  • The local Homeless Count
  • Zika Community Outreach



Training Opportunities

Collin County Medical Reserve Corps members have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of trainings. Some examples of past and future trainings are listed below:

 

  • MRC Orientation is a training requirement for all new members to learn the history, mission, and roles the Medical Reserve Corps will play in disaster situations. 
  • Cultural Competency is at the heart of understanding diversity. This course promotes understanding, acknowledging, and valuing the uniqueness of individuals throughout our community. This training will provide helpful insights in order to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures different than one's own.
  • Heartsaver® CPR training is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults and infants.
  • Point of Dispensing (POD) training covers the roles, responsibilities, and functions necessary to dispense medical countermeasures (medications) to the population during a public health emergency. Training will be offered for various positions and job assignments within a POD.
  • Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed intervention for assisting children, adults, and families in the early aftermath of a disaster or traumatic event.  It is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by disaster and to foster short-term and long-term adaptive function.
  • Stop the Bleed is a hands-on training to control bleeding by tourniquet application, pressure, and wound packing.  This course is designed for members with little or no medical training but who may be called upon as immediate responders in order to save lives.

 

Collin County MRC encourages its members to take the following online trainings:

   
  • FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 - These courses cover the basic features of Incident Command and National Incident Management Systems used during emergencies. Visit the FEMA website to take these courses online.
  • Mass Prophylaxis Awareness For Public Health Emergencies - This course provides awareness-level training on the roles and responsibilities of the local public health community and its partners. It includes information on state and federal resources and how they are used by local government. Click here to take this course online.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction - This course provides awareness-level training to disaster responders on hazardous materials incidents. You must complete FEMA ICS 700 prior to taking this course. Click here to take this course online.
  • SNS Overview - This course is an introduction to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), including its origin, its control, and its availability for local responders. Click here to take this course online.


When one of the above online trainings is taken, please fill out a timesheet and submit it to the MRC Coordinator at mrc@co.collin.tx.us within 48 hours.  If an online course is taken over multiple days, submit a timesheet for each day.  On the timesheet, please leave the "Rate of Pay" field blank.  Enter the address where you took the online training.  Please email the training certificate to the MRC Coordinator once the course is completed.


        Click here for the MRC Timesheet


Health Focus

Each month, Collin County Health Care Services provides information and resources on featured health observances and topics.  To view this month's Health Focus, click here.

 

For additional information, please contact the MRC Coordinator.

mrc@co.collin.tx.us

972-548-4472

Additional MRC Resources

National Medical Reserve Corps Website