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Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers

Newport — The Greater Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for volunteers.

The unit, founded in 2008, has about 50 members, “which is a good start,” said Jessica Rosman, the corps’ director. But more are needed.

The corps works to help support emergency medical services personnel during health emergencies and provides other assistance according to its mission, which includes strengthening public health. The corps has volunteered at athletic events, such as the Prouty, and staffed various medical clinics. Members helped vaccinate more than 2,000 students at in-school flu clinics last fall, and helped with clinics in New Hampshire during recent outbreaks of hepatitis A and hepatitis C.

“Nurses, respiratory therapists, anybody with a medical background is very helpful for the MRC,” but anyone may volunteer, Rosman said. For every nurse at a given event, “we might need 15 non-medical volunteers to help with registration” and other tasks.

The medical reserve corps offers trainings at its quarterly meetings, along with continuing education units such as CPR, first aid, psychological first aid, and FEMA courses for incident command. Its coverage area includes most of Sullivan and Merrimack counties, part of Grafton County, and some Vermont towns.

The corps will host two free volunteer orientations this spring. The first is set for April 25, from 9-11 a.m., at 24 Main St., Newport. The second, May 2, from 9-11 a.m., will take place in New London, with the location to be determined. To register, go to www.sullivancountynh.gov/mrc or call Rosman at 603-398-2222. — Staff report