Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Norfolk County 8 Medical Reserve Corps (NC-8 MRC)?
The Norfolk County 8 MRC is a group of volunteers (both medical and non-medical) who assist local public health departments in  Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood, Massachusetts to promote public health and safety and during emergencies.

Who can volunteer?
Medical professionals and community members without medical training are welcome to volunteer.

Why should I become an NC-8 MRC volunteer?
NC-8 MRC volunteers find great satisfaction in knowing that they are contributing to the community in which they live or work by providing services and programs that otherwise may not have been possible without their assistance. Volunteers learn about emergency preparedness and response so that, if there is an emergency, they can assist friends and neighbors in a time of need. Other benefits of becoming a volunteer include free training and skill development and the opportunity to network with other volunteers who share your skills and interests.

What do NC-8 MRC members do and how much time do I need to spend volunteering?
The time commitment can be as large or small as the volunteer would like it to be. Volunteers participate in community service activities such as flu clinics, blood pressure clinics, community outreach and education, and community events. Volunteers also attend regular meetings and training events. In the event of a public health emergency or severe weather event, volunteers may be contacted to assist local officials in response.

What types of training do I need?
The NC-8 MRC offers its members a variety of trainings throughout the year. Trainings are optional, however, each member is asked to complete two one time Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online courses (ICS-100 and NIMS-700) to familiarize themselves with the basics of command structure during an emergency. Examples of trainings offered to volunteers in the past include CPR and First Aid, Regional Sheltering, Mental Health First Aid, and Psychological First Aid. In addition, medical professionals can earn free CEUs.