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Medical Reserve Corps Mission
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
The St. Johns County Medical Reserve Corps, a partner with the St. Johns County Health Department, provides a mechanism for civic-minded individuals to train and prepare for a disaster or public health emergency response. This group of volunteer health-care professionals and support personnel provides a pool of resources available to supplement the local emergency responders serving St. Johns County’s 184,000 residents and large seasonal visitor population. Our volunteers, through the Medical Reserve Corps, help to insure a collaborative effort in assisting in mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics, special needs shelters, and other public health outreach efforts.
How do I join the Medical Reserve Corps?
Prospective volunteers are encouraged to visit the State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida website Servfl.com and click on the register now button.
If you would like more information, please read below to learn about different volunteer opportunities or call 904-825-5055.
Who Can Volunteer?
Health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) needs practicing or retired Florida-licensed health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, respiratory therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, health educators, epidemiologists, paramedics/EMTs and veterinarians.
Non-health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps also needs volunteers for key support roles (e.g., greeters, educators, security, registration, interpreters, pet care and chaplain services).
What are some examples of volunteer activities?
- Registration and triage of people in special needs shelters
- Interpreting for people with limited English ability
- Assisting with mass vaccination clinics
- Answering phones in an emergency call center
Do I need to have a current professional license in the State of Florida?
Healthcare providers, such as physicians and nurses, must have an active Florida license in order to practice medicine. For nominal fees, inactive medical and nursing providers may apply for limited licensure or for a retired volunteer nursing certificate. Other retired professionals may or may not have to have an active license.
Do I need liability insurance to volunteer with the MRC?
No. Volunteer professionals will be working in conjunction with the Department of Health and will receive limited sovereign immunity and worker's compensation for medical costs incurred during an official event. (Statute 768.28 and Chapter 110, F.S.)
Volunteers are given the opportunity to receive training and certification in CPR and basic First Aid. Additional training will include topics such as disaster planning, Incident Command Systems, community response plans, weapons of mass destruction, and other areas of bio terrorism. Volunteers will be given access to other "free" trainings via the Internet (some offering free CME, CNE, or CEU credits).
Perhaps the most important part of our training will be learning to work as part of a team by participating in field exercises that simulate a public health emergency. In addition, table top exercises that are designed to teach members roles and responsibilities during mass emergencies, will be included as part of the training for Hurricanes and Bio-Terrorism events.
MRC Volunteer Information
Printable Flyer (DOC, 1.3mb)
- MRC Core Competencies
- Intro to the Incident Command System
- Intro to the National Incident Management System
- FEMA Independent Study Program
- U. of Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness
* * MRC Members will be notified of scheduled trainings and events through ServFL. *
For information on Volunteer Activities and Training Opportunities for St. Johns County MRC Members & Partnering Agencies, please call the SJCHD Emergency Preparedness & Safety Coordinator at 825-5055.
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