Originally Presented May 10, 2009
This evening I will be discussing the role of amateur radio in the support of Collin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). We will discuss; what is the Medical Reserve Corps, how amateur radio operators fit within the MRC, our current readiness status, and how you can participate.
My name is Anthony (Tony) Campbell, W5ADC, and I am the Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for the Medical Reserve Corps. Within the reporting structure of the Collin County ARES, I report to the Emergency Coordinator. Over the past five years, the amateur radio community has supported at least six different MRC events. Many of you have already taken your time to successfully support these events and in every case we have meet or exceeded the requirements of the exercise.
What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded in 2002 as a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Other Citizen Corps components include CERT, Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS), Fire Corps and Neighborhood Watch. I am sure that many of you are also involved in one or more of these organizations.
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.
A POD is staffed by both volunteer medical and non-medical personal. Far more non-medical staff are required than medical. This is where you come in. The Homeland Security Staff of Collin County has recognized that the amateur radio community has much to offer in incidents such as this. In addition to our roles as communicators, it is recognized that we bring talents such as logistic support, IT, and in some cases can fill the role of both medical and non-medical volunteers.
In support of our roles as communicators, the county has purchased equipment to provide communications kits to equip these POD’s. Bill Fell, KK5PB, designed a very comprehensive go-kit that will be deployed to a POD when necessary. This self contained kit includes VHF/UHF voice and digital communications equipment.
Getting involved is easy. The only requirement is that you attend an orientation session. These are generally held every month. Other training is also made available to volunteers including personal preparedness, ICS training, and various other medical and non-medical training classes. These classes are offered for free or very low cost.
Thank you for your time, the signup information will be posted to the Collin County Yahoo group and will be made available on my website www.w5adc.com.