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The Medical Reserve Corps, referred to as MRC, is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General through its Citizen Corps. It was established after September 11, 2001 when the government identified ways that residents could be part of emergency preparedness at the local level. It brings together public health officials, health professionals and non-medical people.
The MRC is trained volunteers who help first responders during emergencies. The Brookline MRC, part of Region 4B, supports the Town’s Emergency Management Team (EMT) with public health emergencies, mass casualty incidents and community service. Other federally recognized 4B groups include the Newton MRC and the Norfolk County MRC. Region 4B, with a million residents, recruits, credentials and trains volunteers to become members of the MRC.
You find the MRC and the EMT at natural disasters, working flu clinics, disease outbreaks, and providing health education. We respond to fires, ice storms, power outages, shelter drills, marathons, parades, water emergencies, health fairs, and search and rescue. Together, we are building a more resilient community by being prepared.
The MRC, managed by the Brookline Health Department, is not a first responder group. The MRC is used to support first responders who request its services. An MRC volunteer can choose to be deployed in their own town, in nearby towns, regionally or as part of a statewide or federal operation. Typically, states of emergency are declared by local and state agencies. All assignments to MRC volunteers come from the MRC coordinators and are voluntary.
In addition to responding to emergencies, MRC volunteers may be enlisted to help with
Public awareness campaigns like get a flu shot
Clinics that offer flu shots
Public health education