Public Health Preparedness
Membership/Application Requirements  

Orientation and Minimum Training

All new Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members are required to attend a volunteer orientation and a Welcome to Medical Reserve Corps training. The National Medical Reserve Corps program has established core competencies for all Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Thurston County MRC is emphasizing knowledge of personal preparedness, Incident Command and first aid.

The following training must be complete during the first 6 months of becoming a MRC member to become active and eligible for deployment:
  • Personal and Family Preparedness Plan
  • IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command Systems
  • IS-700.a Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Psychological First Aid
  • CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
An annual Readiness Review training is required. Additional training through drills, exercises and community events are available. All members are expected to attend a minimum of 1 activity/event per year to be better prepared for a health emergency to stay in active status. 

Registered Washington State Emergency Worker

All MRC volunteer members are registered with the Washington State Emergency Worker program. Being registered is a requirement to be eligible to volunteer for an emergency response with the Thurston County MRC. The Emergency Worker program provides MRC volunteer members with benefits and legal protections found in RCW 38.52.180

How to Become a Thurston County MRC Volunteer

  • Complete a WAserv Volunteer Profile.
    • Choose Thurston County MRC as your affiliation.
  • You will receive an email invitation to an upcoming volunteer orientation.
  • Attend the orientation and complete the required training.

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This page last updated: 03/14/18