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Franklin-Williamson Medical Reserve Corps holding informational meeting

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The Franklin-Williamson Medical Reserve Corps (FW-MRC) seeks people with a medical OR non-medical background to help Heartland communities in emergencies and with non-emergency projects.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department, located at 8160 Express Drive in Marion, Illinois.

“We are continuing to build our FW-MRC volunteer base and need more volunteers, says Rick Hartke, FW-MRC coordinator.

"We believe everyone has something that they can bring to the table. There are lots of benefits in joining the FW-MRC: free training, networking opportunities, community outreach, plus the good feeling you get when you volunteer.”

The FW-MRC activates if the need ever arises for the Health Department to provide life-saving emergency medication or vaccination to residents.

They also activate if hospitals experience a surge of patients and need additional help with triage or minor first aid care, or if local emergency management agencies need assistance during a natural or man-made disaster.

Some potential activities where assistance might be needed would be filling sand bags during flooding situations or assisting in debris removal after a tornado.

In addition to emergency response, the FW-MRC works to promote healthier living through health education and outreach and to provide support for planned community events.

Medical professionals comprise the core of the FW-MRC, and nurse volunteers are particularly sought, but non-medical volunteers enable the MRC Unit to function so it can complete its missions.

Examples of front-line medical and public health volunteers include: physicians (D.O.) or (M.D.) and (D.C.) (e.g., including surgeons, medical specialists); physician assistants; nurses (e.g., nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants); pharmacists; dentists; dental assistants; optometrists; veterinarians; emergency medical technicians; paramedics; public health workers; epidemiologists; infectious disease specialists; toxicologists; mental health practitioners (e.g., psychologists, substance abuse counselors, social workers); health educators/communicators; other medical and public health professionals.

Examples of possible administrative and other support volunteers include: administrators and business managers; administrative assistants and office support staff; drivers; chaplains; security staff; trainers; volunteer coordinators; marketing/public relations professionals; supply and logistics managers & workers; interpreters/translators; amateur radio operators; and other support staff.

The national Medical Reserve Corps was formed when, after the life-altering events of 9/11, volunteer physicians saw the need for an organized group of medical volunteers to support a variety of emergency responses.

In 2002, the national Medical Reserve Corps was founded in partnership with Citizen Corps, an already established nationwide volunteer network.

To register for the meeting, call Rick Hartke at (618) 993-8111 x205 or email

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