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Winter-Spring 2017 Opportunities!
 

Due to a forecast of freezing rain, and the early closures of many facilities, we chose to postpone the CPR class that was scheduled for Feb. 7. Heartsaver CPR will take place instead on the 'snow date' of Tuesday, Feb. 28. There is room for additional students; just be sure to register! See instructions below the table.

We thank our six instructors who taught Heartsaver CPR to 28 K-2 teachers in Westford Schools on Jan. 17. Two MRC instructors also taught Heartsaver CPR to 11 municipal employees on the 31st. These efforts created a new record: the greatest number of students that our unit has certified in CPR during a single month!

February offers a series of American Heart Association classes for our own members. March kicks off health fair season. Meanwhile, we are developing our unit's educational curriculum, to be rolled out later for the rest of the year. The following information is current as of February 14.

Classes, Health Fairs, and ICS
Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
2/15
Weds.
6 to 9:30P
Chelmsford
Heartsaver First Aid
Hands-on urgent care for all members
2/28
Tues.
5:30 to 9:30P
Westford
Heartsaver CPR (non-medical)
Rescheduled snow date from 2/7 CPR
3/11
Sat.
10A-noon
Chelmsford
Volunteer Fair (FULL)
Annual opportunity to greet new members
3/31
Fri.
8A-2P
Chelmsford
CHS Health Fair
Provide BP screening; 3-hour shifts avail.
4/8
Sat.
10A-2P
Billerica
Health and Wellness Fair
Need medical and non-medical vols.
4/13
Thurs.
12:30-3:15P
Westford
Shingles Clinic
Confirming one RN as inoculator.
TBD
TBD
6 to 9P
Westford
Disaster Behavioral Health
Special event! Stay tuned for details
5/6
Sat.
11A-3P
Westford
Health Fair w/Food Trucks
Seeking LOTS of volunteers!

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Online
ICS-100 & NIMS-700
Self-paced options for response training

The classes are free and open to all UMV MRC volunteers, as a benefit of membership. AHA certification cards are $10 at-cost from our training center. You must pre-register, no later than three days before the class. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549. Students are asked to pick up a course workbook from the MRC and review the materials beforehand, returning the workbooks the night of class.

I. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CLASSES

Feb. 15, Weds, 6 to 9:30 p.m.Heartsaver First Aid. Learn the basics of recognizing a medical emergency, contacting responders, and providing initial life-saving care. Class is updated according to the 2015 guidelines. Certification is valid for two years. Police Training Center, Rt. 4, 2 Olde North Road (near Drum Hill Rotary), Chelmsford.

Feb. 28, Tues, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.Heartsaver CPR. Non-medical volunteers: Learn how to save lives through this nationally recognized class, updated according to the 2015 guidelines. Certification is valid for two years in CPR, AED, and choking relief for adults, children, and infants. Class is free; certification cards from the AHA are $10 at-cost from our training center. (Snow date; class was rescheduled from Feb. 7.) Millennium School, 23 Depot Street, Westford.

II. HEALTH FAIRS AND CLASSES

March 11, Sat, 10 a.m. to noon Volunteer Fair. Senior Center / Council on Aging, 75 Groton Road (Rt. 40), North Chelmsford. Members will staff our exhibit and screen BPs. Staffing is now FULL, thanks!

March 31, Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wellness Fair, hosted by the Health Dept. for students at Chelmsford High School. Need three medical volunteers per shift (8-11 and and 11-2) to screen BPs.

April 8, Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health and Wellness Fair, Billerica Elks Lodge. Seek 3 medical and 3 non-medical volunteers. Option to serve in two-hour shifts (10-noon and noon-2) if necessary.

Day/Date TBD, 6 to 9 p.m. Special Event: New course in disaster behavioral health. Logistics and outline are being finalized. Both speakers earned stellar reviews from our members who attended their Training Day presentations. Content is appropriate for all member backgrounds. Medical volunteers can earn up to 3 CEUs / OEMS hours of continuing education credit. Millennium School, 23 Depot Street, Westford.

May 6, Sat, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Westfest" Health Fair and Food Truck Expo. Seeking as many volunteers as possible at all levels, for a wide range of functions! Option to serve in two-hour shifts (11-1
and 1-3) if necessary. Details below.

Hosts:
Westford Health Department and Aunties Sweet Shop
Logistics:
Saturday, May 6 at the Abbot School, 25 Depot Street, Westford
Hours:

The Health & Wellness Fair runs between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Food Truck Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description:
There will be more than 40 vendors. Free screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis, with no appointments needed: Blood Pressures, Body Mass Index, Hearing Screening, Pediatric Dental Screening, Concussion Education and Testing, Elder Services, Mental Health Information. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by Whole Foods. Free activities for children include face painting, bounce house, dunk tank, Touch-A-Truck, raffle prizes, give-aways, and much more!

Even if you can't volunteer that day, please consider stopping by the event with your loved ones, and visiting our MRC exhibit!

III. ONLINE ICS

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. If you have not yet completed these courses, 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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