The Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Nevada (MRC) is a committed and available reserve of active, inactive and retired health care professionals and others who can be rapidly mobilized to strengthen our medical response capability during local emergencies. The MRC was created by our local community for our local community.
Historically, medical personnel spontaneously volunteer to assist in emergencies or disasters. Spontaneous volunteers are often unfamiliar with local emergency response systems and may not be as effective in the provision of emergency medical services as members of organized response groups.
Members of MRC are pre-identified and prepared to respond as a volunteer following a large-scale emergency.
To volunteer with the MRC you must be one of the following:
Active, inactive or retired health care professionals in good standing
Mental health professionals
Public health professionals
Community members without medical training who are willing to provide administrative and other essential support functions
Additionally, applicants are required to be:
To be in good health
At least 18 years of age
Have a valid driver’s license with access to an insured vehicle
The success of the MRC is based on the availability of its volunteers to respond in a timely manner when deployed. Prior to beginning the application process, we ask that each potential volunteer consider his or her family responsibilities, work commitments and any other possible limitations.
During an emergency:
Augment medical and support staff shortages at medical or emergency facilities
Assist with the distribution or dispensing of pharmaceuticals
Assist with surveillance and notification
Assist staging area staff, both medical and non-medical
Following approval of the application and background check:
Complete required training within three months of the application.
Maintain professional licensure and/or certification, if applicable.
Maintain current CPR/First Aid certification, if required.
Participate in local training and exercises.
Keep personal information updated for the MRC database.
Maintain a high standard of moral and ethical conduct.
Watch the video celebrating 10 years of the MRC
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a management model for command, control and coordination of an organization’s emergency response activities. It employs a management structure with defined responsibilities, clear reporting channels and common terms.
To qualify to volunteer or participate in training opportunities, MRC Volunteers are required to complete ICS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System, and ICS 700: National Incident Management System training courses, which are available online from FEMA.
All MRC volunteers are strongly encouraged to be certified in CPR and basic first aid from a recognized provider (i.e. American Red Cross or American Heart Association). The health district offers initial and renewal American Heart Association CPR and Basic First Aid for the Health Professional at no cost to MRC volunteers.
Optional and recommended training opportunities, many offering educational credits, are offered to volunteers. Training exercises simulating public health emergencies will also offer the opportunity to test the capabilities of MRC volunteers. Additional training may be necessary as roles are defined within health district and/or other emergency plans.
Although volunteers are not Southern Nevada Health District employees, they will be deemed to be such for purposes of Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 41 and the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, both of which protect Volunteers from liability for injury or damage to others caused by some acts done by them in the course and scope of the duties assigned. Additionally, pursuant to NRS 414.110, volunteers who participate in the management of an emergency incident will not be held responsible for injury, death, or property damage caused while complying with the activities defined under NRS 414.110. Exceptions include acts of willful misconduct, gross negligence, and bad faith.
To apply to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Nevada, visit www.servnv.org or contact MRC Program Coordinator, Trish Beckwith, at (702) 759-1057 or Beckwith@snhdmail.org.