MRC informational release / Fairfax County Police

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Thu May 10 09:41:17 CDT 2007


*Fairfax** Medical Reserve Corps Needs Volunteers*


Are you willing to help your community during a public health 
emergency?  Here is an opportunity!


The Fairfax County Health Department, in cooperation with the Fairfax 
County Citizen Corps Council, is recruiting volunteers for the Fairfax 
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). To date, approximately 3,560 medical and 
non-medical volunteers have signed up and are receiving training.


The all-volunteer MRC is designed to augment the capacity of the public 
health system in response to large scale events related to bioterrorism 
or natural, widespread epidemics.  During a public health emergency, MRC 
volunteers will staff dispensing sites where vaccinations or medications 
will be provided to the county's 1.2 million residents, usually at a 
local high school. To accomplish this, 54 teams of approximately 250 
people per team are needed. Despite the name of the program, the 
majority of the volunteers needed for the Medical Reserve Corps are 
individuals without a medical background.


Especially needed are seasoned, experienced managers to fill MRC 
leadership positions, including Incident Coordinator, Deputy Incident 
Coordinator, Branch director, Logistics Section Chiefs, and Safety 
Officers. All volunteers will receive the necessary training to fulfill 
their responsibilities.


Representatives of the Fairfax MRC are available to present information 
about the program and Fairfax County's public health emergency response 
plan to community organizations. To request a presentation, please 
contact Dianne Quebral, MRC Coordinator, via e-mail at 
hdmrc at or by calling on 703-246-2433, TTY 703-591-6435.


Those wishing to volunteer may register directly online at <>, or by calling 
703-246-2433, TTY 703-591-6435.


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