County’s Medical Reserve Corps plans volunteer symposium

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 6.43.44 PMSince we seem to be permanently in a time in which volunteers are being sought for all sorts of emergency situations, there is a hyperlocal opportunity for anyone looking to help.

It is the “Bystanders to Upstanders” symposium being held by the Medical Reserve Corps of the Rensselaer County Department of Health on Saturday, September 23, in Troy.

Dean and Doris Calamaras, who have signed up for the symposium, will be sharing details with the club at this week’s dinner meeting.

The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of our community by organizing and training volunteers to supplement existing emergency response resources when public health is threatened.

MRC volunteers are local citizens interested in helping their community during large-scale public health emergencies. They include licensed medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and veterinarians, as well as non-medical community members with an interest in public health who fill key support positions.

The symposium will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 235 Hoosick Street (Route 7) in Troy, about a half-mile east of the Collar City Bridge. It will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and lunch/coffee breaks will be provided. Registration can be done online by clicking here.

Four emergency medicine physicians from Albany Medical Center will be the instructors along with several other Rensselaer County staffers and sheriff’s department deputies. The topics to be covered are:

• Bleeding control/splinting/burns/car accident trauma
• Psychological first aid
• Respiratory emergencies/allergic reactions
• Use of Narcan for opioid overdoses
• Seizures/diabetes/hypothermia/hyperthermia
• Active shooter response

(* Not an official American Heart Association or American Red Cross Certification, as those typically are at least four-hour classes by themselves.)

There will be a short closing address as well as a presentation of certificates and a kit bag of some basic lifesaving tools.


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