MRC Volunteer Requirements
Having registered and training volunteers only strengthens Greene County's response efforts. In order to be recognized as a registered volunteer, all Greene County MRC volunteers must register on the Ohio Responds website and complete an approved training course prior to registration to be eligible for liability protection with the state of Ohio (Ohio Revised Code 121.404). Additionally, an approved training course must be completed every three years to maintain volunteer status and liability protection. A list of approved training courses is available on the Ohio Responds website under the Training Opportunities tab. If you have questions regarding registration or liability protection, please contact Don Brannen, Greene County MRC Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-374-5660.
MRC Core Competencies
The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General created a listing of recommended trainings for MRC members called the Medical Reserve Corps Core Competencies Matrix. This guide suggests trainings and tools that should be completed by all volunteers at the local level, regardless of credentials or certifications.
Below are the specific competencies that all MRC members should fulfill. View the Core Competencies Matrix for suggestions on fulfilliing those competencies as many trainings are available online.
- Describe the procedures and steps necessary for the MRC member to protect health, safety, and well-being of themselves, their families, their team, and their community.
- Describe the impact of the event on the health of the MRC member, their family, team, and others.
- Describe the MRC member's communication role(s) and processes with response partners, media, general public, and others.
- Demonstrate the MRC member's ability to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting, and deactivation.
- Identify limits to own skills, knowledge, and abilities as they pertain to MRC role(s).
- Describe the chain of command (e.g. Emergency Management System, ICS, NIMS), the integration of the MRC, and its application to the given incident.
- Describe the role of the local MRC unit in public health and/or emergency response and its applications to the given incident.