February to April 2018 Events

We hope to see as many of you as possible in our activities through April and beyond! The table below lists the events in order, followed by the details. See also the update on Mission-Ready Teams (MRT) and self-paced ICS courses at the end.

This information is current as of February 26. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events


Stop The Bleed: FULL!
Free certification for Chelmsford residents


New Member Orientation
Learn protocols, get MRC badge and polo


Communications for MRC
Learn use of radios and disaster comms.


Chelmsford Vol. Fair: FULL!
Encourage interested friends to stop by!


New Member Orientation
Later session available upon request


Stop The Bleed Mega-Class
Free certification for MRC and residents


Town-Wide Wellness Fair
Promote public health & MRC, screen BPs


Final MRT Exercise!
Drill teams and celebrate progress


Heartsaver CPR: Residents
Two-year certification for the layperson


Billerica Health &Wellness Fair
Promote public health & MRC, screen BPs

I. MRC EVENTS -- Free and appropriate for all members. "Millennium" location is at 23 Depot Street in Westford.

Feb. 28 (Weds) - Stop the Bleed certification class for Chelmsford residents. Chelmsford Library, 7 to 8:30 p.m. FULL!

March 6 (Tues) - New Member Orientation, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Millennium School. Please sign up by March 2.

March 6 (Tues) - Communications for MRC Volunteers, 7 to 9 p.m.. NEW LOCATION: Millennium School, 23 Depot Street, Westford. Final training session to complete Mission-Ready Teams grant, though all members are encouraged to attend. In every disaster, 'Communications' is consistently identified in after-action reports as an area where improvement is needed. To build our skills in this important capability, Terry Stader is returning to provide hands-on practice with portable radios. We'll learn about communications protocols, the role of ham radio operators and how we'd interact with them, and general concepts for communications -- in emergency situations and for ongoing community events. Approved for 2 CEUs and 2 OEMS hours for medical volunteers.

March 10 (Sat) - Chelmsford Volunteer Fair, Noon to 3 p.m , Senior Center / Council on Aging, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. Members of all levels representing MRC and public health, medical volunteers to screen BPs. Please encourage anyone who may be interested in learning about the MRC and possibly joining our unit to stop by. STaffing is FULL.

March 14 (Weds) - New Member Orientation, 4:30 to 6 p.m, Millennium School. Additional session (6 to 7:30) available upon request. Please sign up by March 12.

March 27 (Tues) - Stop the Bleed, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Certification for Westford residents and MRC volunteers. Millennium School. 1.0 CEU/OEMS hours; nurses who remain for the 'instructor' segment receive 1.5 CEUs.

April 7 (Sat) - Town-Wide Health Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Chelmsford Senior Center. Seeking many volunteers at all levels to promote MRC and public health initiatives, screen BPs, oversee "Public Health Jeopardy" and "Let's Move!" activities.

April 11 (Weds) - Final MRT Exercise, 6 to 9 p.m., Chelmsford Senior Center. All members are encouraged to sign up. Team leaders will oversee functions required

April 12 (Thurs) - Heartsaver CPR, 6 to 9:30 p.m, for Westford residents. Town Hall Auditorium. (Class limit 18; registration deadline April 9; MRC members will be wait-listed until the 9th.)

April 14 (Sat) - Billerica Health and Wellness Fair - Elks Lodge on Webb Road. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seeking as many members as possible at all levels. Will include 'Public Health Jeopardy' at a scheduled time slot. Also plan to promote health initiatives and the MRC, with medical volunteers to screen BPs.


We are sharing this information as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. These seminars take place in the Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell. Registrations and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m., with the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Most sessions are valid for two OEMS hours. To sign up, e-mail Lisa Gattinella (Lisa.Gattinella@lowellgeneral.org) and NOT our unit. The following events are confirmed to date; final schedule expected after 1/22/18.

March 8 (Thurs): Stroke and Endovascular Treatment; Dr. Malek Adel, Tufts.

April 26 (Thurs): Burns; Brigham & Women's Burn Team.

May (date TBD): Pediatric Emergencies and Case Review.

[No rounds June, July or August for summer break.]

September 18 (Tues): EMS Sepsis Education -- LGH Sepsis Committee

October 17 (Weds): Toxicology Case Review

November 8 (Thurs): Case Review

December 17 (Mon): Annual Stroke Education -- LGH Neuro


As many of you know, in March 2017 our unit was awarded $13,000 for a grant to train volunteers for Mission-Ready Teams. The final commitment is to test our skills in a table-top exercise, to expand our readiness for all-hazards response. We are fortunate that four UMV communities scheduled EDS drills for this winter. These events allow our unit to interact with local public health leaders in activities that support our grant commitments.

Members have been attending classes throughout the year in disaster mental health (parts I and II), medical countermeasures, lessons learned from equine therapy in caring for vulnerable populations, Heartsaver and Healthcare Provider CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, Until Help Arrives, and Homeland Security. The final training track, Communications, is scheduled for March 6. Members are also attaining basic and instructor-level certifications in the 'Stop the Bleed' program. Volunteers at all levels were active in flu clinics (non-emergency skill building for service at an Emergency Dispensing Site), and at a wide range of community service events.

The Final MRT Exercises on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chelmsford Senior Center will allow us to pull these skills together as we imagine how our teams would respond to the most likely potential deployments: EDS, Emergency Sheltering, and MCIs. Team leaders will provide sample 'Just In Time' training with basic documents and protocols in a tabletop exercise. We'll gather feedback on our preparations, and conclude with graduation festivities. Further details will be posted in March.


All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator for our files. The material is appropriate for all levels of membership. As an extra benefit, EMTs and nurses are eligible for free CEUs for completing these courses. Occasionallly we also offer the classroom version, though none are scheduled for the near future.

If you have not yet taken either class, then please click on these links for the self-study materials:



Each course usually takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments. Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.


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