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January 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 three 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. We just received notification that the annual Chelmsford Volunteer Fair on Mar. 10 -- which has always run from 10 a.m. to noon -- is now planned from noon to 3 p.m.

3. Plans are underway for a Town-Wide Health Fair in Chelmsford on April 7. We expect the time that Saturday to be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the location to be the Senior Center. We'll invite members to participate when the details are confirmed.

This information is current as of January 18. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events

1/22/18

Mon
5:30-8P
Lowell
Monthly EMS Rounds 2018
See details below for more information

2/6/18

Tues
5:30-10P
Westford
Healthcare Providers CPR/AED
Two-year AHA certification for medical vols.

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

2/27/18

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 Volunteer Fair
NEW: Note later time this year!!!

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

4/12/18

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, unless otherwise specified. "Millennium" location is at 23 Depot Street in Westford.

Feb. 6 (Tues) - HealthCare Providers CPR - Millennium School, 5:30 sign-in, class 6 to 10 p.m. For health care professionals only. Two-year AHA certification in CPR, AED, and choking relief for adults, children and infants. Class limited to 18; registration deadline Feb. 2. Four OEMS hours requested for EMTs.

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 Feb. 9.

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; Dracut and Lowell dates TBD.

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; wait-list available. 1.0 CEU/OEMS hours; nurses who remain for the 'instructor' segment receive 1.5 CEUs.

March 6 (Tues) - New Member Orientation - Millennium School, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 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 - NOTE NEW TIME: Noon to 3 p.m ., Senior Center / Council on Aging, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. Seeking members of all levels to represent MRC and public health, medical volunteers to screen BPs.

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

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

April 12 (Thurs) - Heartsaver CPR for Westford residents, 6 to 9:30 p.m, 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.

Jan. 22 (Mon): Cardiovascular Emergencies; Dr. Omar Ali.

[February meeting plans are in progress.]

March 8 (Thurs): Stroke; speaker TBD.

April 26 (Thurs): Burns; speakers from Brigham & Women's Hospital.

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 Tewksbury has just become the first of four UMV communities to schedule its EDS drill for this winter. This event provides an opportunity for our unit to interact with local public health leaders in activities that can meet 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. 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.

Stay tuned for details on our role in the region's EDS exercises!

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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