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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.

There have been several updates since our 'Calendar of Events' was e-mailed to members on 1/12:

1. The offering of Stop the Bleed in Chelmsford on Feb. 28 is now FULL and has a waiting list.

2. Similarly, the annual Chelmsford Volunteer Fair on Mar. 10 -- now scheduled from noon to 3 p.m instead of the usual 10 a.m. to noon -- filled almost immediately. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

3. The Town-Wide Health Fair in Chelmsford is confirmed for Saturday April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center. We urge as many members as possible to sign up.

4. Thanks to grant funding, the mandatory workbooks and optional certification cards for our 2/13 Heartsaver CPR/AED class are free!

This information is current as of February 12. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events

2/13/18

Tues
6:00-9:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Two-year certification for non-medical vols.

2/15/18

Thurs
4:00-5:30P
Westford
New Member Orientation
Later session available upon request

2/21/18

Weds
9-11A
Tewksbury
EDS Exercise w/ MRT
Drill to test local response capabilities

2/22/18

Thurs
1-3P
Tyngsboro
EDS Exercise w/ MRT
Drill to test local response capabilities

2/27/18

Tues
3:30-5P
Dracut
EDS Exercise w/ MRT
Drill to test local response capabilities

2/27/18

Tues
6-10P
Westford
Snow date, if CPR postponed
Held only if 2/6 or 2/13 class is cancelled

2/28/18

Weds
7-8:30P
Chelmsford
Stop The Bleed: FULL!
Free certification for Chelmsford residents

3/6/18

Tues
10:30A-Noon
Westford
New Member Orientation
Learn protocols, get MRC badge and polo

3/6/18

Tues
7:00-9:00P
Westford
Communications for MRC
Learn use of radios and disaster comms.

3/10/18

Sat
Noon-3P
Chelmsford
Chelmsford Vol. Fair: FULL!
Encourage interested friends to stop by!

3/14/18

Weds
4:00-5:30P
Westford
New Member Orientation
Later session available upon request

3/27/18

Tues
7-8:30P
Westford
Stop The Bleed Mega-Class
Free certification for MRC and residents

4/7/18

Sat
9A-noon
Chelmsford
Town-Wide Wellness Fair
Promote public health & MRC, screen BPs

4/11/18

Weds
6-9P
Chelmsford
Final MRT Exercise!
Drill teams and celebrate progress

4/12/18

Thurs
6-9:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR: Residents
Two-year certification for the layperson

4/14/18

Sat
10A-1:30P
Billerica
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. NEW: Costs of mandatory workbook and optional CPR cards for Heart Month classes are now covered by grant funding!

Feb. 13 (Tues) - Heartsaver CPR - Millennium School, 6 to 9:30 p.m. For laypersons and non-medical members. Two-year AHA certification in CPR, AED, and choking relief for adults, children and infants. Class limited to 18; registration deadline is extended to noon on Feb. 12.

Feb. 15 (Thurs) - New Member Orientation - Millennium School, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Additional session (5:30 to 7) available upon request. Please sign up by Feb. 13.

Feb. 21 (Weds) - Emergency Dispensing Site Drill -Tewksbury High School, 9 to 11 a.m. (Note: School vacation week.) All members are invited! Please sign up by Feb. 16. First of three options for local drills to test Mission-Ready Team capabilities.

Feb. 22 (Thurs) - Emergency Dispensing Site Drill - 1 to 3 p.m, Tyngsboro Elementary School, 205 Westford Road.

Feb. 27 (Tues) - Emergency Dispensing Site Drill - 3:30 to 5 p.m, Dracut Town Hall, 62 Arlington St.

Feb. 27 (Tues) - CPR Snow Date if either class must be postponed. Millennium School, 6 to 10 p.m.

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., Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main 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. Requesting 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.

II. LGH MONTHLY ROUNDS

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.

February 19 (Mon, President's Day): Case Reviews; Dr. Jonathan Drake, LGH.

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

III. UPDATE PER MRTs

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 5. 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.

IV. ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY

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:

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

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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