Bristol-Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps, Inc.
Serving the Communities of

Attleboro  -  Foxborough  -  Mansfield

North Attleboro  -  Norton  -  Plainville  -  Rehoboth  -  Seekonk

Follow these simple steps to become an MRC volunteer

Complete the application pack
Register on MA Responds
Watch the MRC 101 training video and answer a few questions
Complete the on-line ICS & NIMS training

  1. Application Package
    The first step to becoming an MRC volunteer is to complete the application packet. Once completed, mail it to: Deborah Revelle, Plainville Board of Health 142 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762 or e-mail to: bnmrc@hotmail.com or fax to: 508-695-3927. If you have trouble downloading please contact us and we will mail you an application.
  2. MA RESPONDS
    Register on MA Responds. All BNMRC volunteers are encouraged to register on MA Responds in addition to completing the local volunteer application packet. MA Responds is a web-based system for registration, management, communication and mobilization of volunteers for response to all types of public health events and emergencies.
  3. MRC 101 Video
    All BNMRC Volunteers are required to complete MRC 101 training . This training will inform volunteers of the practices and procedures for a safe volunteer experience. Classroom trainings are also held a couple times throughout the year. Watch the video below and once you have completed the training, a 10 question test is required for credit.
  4. ICS-100 & NIMS-700
    The Incident Command System (ICS) course describes the history, features, principles and organization structure of ICS. It also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) course describes the principal of NIMS.
  5. For More Information
    For additional information on the Medical Reserve Corps, check out Frequently Asked Questions or visit the following websites
MA Responds
Website
Application
ICS-100
NIMS-700
MRC 101 Test
National
Medical Reserve Corps
Massachusetts
Medical Reserve Corps
Promotional
MRC Video

Frequently Asked Questions

Who volunteers for the Bristol-Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps?
Volunteers come from all walks of life.  You do not need to have a medical background to volunteer with the MRC.  All volunteers play a valuable role and have an important skill to offer.  Medical professionals, tradesmen, retirees, administrative and anyone who has an interest in assisting their communities may volunteer.   We are always looking for volunteers that have a special skill such as speaking multiple languages or working with the hearing impaired, working with special needs populations or any other skill you think may be useful, please consider volunteering. 

Do I need special training to volunteer?
All volunteers must complete the MRC 101 training session either at one of our in person trainings or by watching the on-line video and completing a ten (10) question test.  This training session will teach volunteers common policies and procedures to follow when you volunteer and how to prepare yourself and family for an emergency.  In addition, completing ICS 100 and NIMS 700 training is required before you can become fully credentialed.  There is no timeline to complete the trainings, however we would encourage you to complete them as soon as possible.  When you submit your application package, volunteers are asked to submit a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record information (SORI) check.  For a full explanation of the CORI and SORI policy, please visit MA Responds.  Once you have completed the requirements you will receive an identification badge with your picture and will be ready to assist your community.  As you work towards becoming fully credentialed, you may attend any trainings, lectures or seminars we offer.  You may also be asked to help out at other public health activities.  

If there is a public health emergency and the Medical Reserve Corps Unit is activated, will I be forced to volunteer?
NO!  You will never be forced to volunteer, you always have the choice of whether or not to respond.  Volunteers decide how much time they want to contribute.  We see some volunteers on a regular basis and others only if they respond during an emergency or non emergency situation.  Of course our objective is to have as many active volunteers as we can, but we understand your lives can be busy.

What other volunteer activities are there outside of emergencies?
In addition to emergency response, the Bristol-Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps works throughout the year on public health activities.  MRC volunteers have assisted at flu clinics, drills and exercises, dental health clinics, Red Cross blood drives, public health vendor fairs and other opportunities.