The Medical Reserve Corps is being formed through Kern County Department of Public Health to coordinate the efforts of volunteers with medical backgrounds to respond in the event of an emergency. To register as a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, please complete our on-line registration form. Note: If for any reason you are not able to submit the online form, you can fill out the information on the online form and then print it and FAX it to 661-868-1210. Call 661-321-3000 for assistance.
Kern Medical Reserve Corps
Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy, and Prepared Communities
In any disastrous event, local healthcare resources may be overwhelmed and additional medical, non-medical and mental health volunteers will be needed.
KMRC volunteers can play a crucial role in making this happen by being part of a pre-identified, pre-credentialed and pre-trained team of potential responders.
KMRC is a unit of the national Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). KMRC is sponsored by the Kern County Department of Public Health. In an official local disaster or emergency, KMRC volunteers will be activated under the Kern County Emergency Operations Plan.
Benefits of KMRC Membership
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- Established by President Bush following 9 – 11
- Housed in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General
- Purpose – to develop teams of medical, non-medical and mental health volunteers who are pre-screened, pre-credentialed and pre-trained to effectively augment healthcare facilities and workers in their local communities
Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Of California (DHV)
What is it?
A secure database of disaster volunteers nationwide
Who should register on it?
All KMRC members. In order to become an active KMRC member, you must be registered on the DHV.
What are the benefits of registering on the DHV?
- This database will be used to activate and schedule KMRC members to disaster/emergency service
- Medical licenses are verified on a daily basis
- Members can indicate if they would like to be deployed outside Kern County and/or outside California
How do I register on it?
- Set up your personal account
- Check “yes” to affiliate with MRC. Check “yes” to affiliate with KMRC.
- Indicate your deployment preference – Kern County only, outside Kern County and/or outside California
What do I do after I register on the DHV?
- Respond as soon as you can to messages you receive from the DHV
- Update your account as your personal information (i.e. contact info) changes
KMRC volunteers are encouraged to participate in the trainings below to ensure they are ready to deploy to local, state or federal requests for assistance.
- DHV Registration
- KMRC Orientation (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- IS-100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System (Include hyperlink) http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
- Kern County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & Emergency Communications Center (ECC) tour (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- SEMS/NIMS Introductory Class (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- First Aid/CPR trained to your appropriate level (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
Red Star Member – Eligible for local deployment
- Psychological First Aid (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- START Triage (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
White Star Member – Eligible for state deployment
- IS-200.b ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
Blue Star Member – Eligible for federal deployment
- Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- ICS-400 Advanced ICS (contact KMRC Coordinator for details)
- IS-102.c Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA Response Partners
Orientations held at the:
Kern County Department of Public Health, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave., Bakersfield.
Check in with the Receptionist on the first floor to get a Visitor Pass. Receptionist will direct you to the elevator. Take the elevator to the third floor. The Training room will be in foyer on your right. (next to library/conference room)
RSVP to Dianne Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I join?
Register online at DHV Registration Page
- Who can join?
Members must be 18 years of age or older
Medical (licensed and non-licensed), non-medical and mental health personnel
- What will my obligation be?
Attend New Member Orientation to get a photo ID, sign paperwork so you can be covered by Workers’ Comp at an official KMRC training or if activated to a disaster/emergency and learn disaster response skills
Follow KMRC protocols and KMRC Code of Conduct (see KMRC Handbook for details)
- Can I join if I live and/or work outside Bakersfield?
Yes! Every city/town in Kern County needs its own KMRC Team! Our goal is to have members throughout Kern County.
- What will I do in an emergency?
No one will be asked to work outside the scope of his/her training or license. Medical volunteers may be asked to perform triage, treatment, mass vaccinations, first aid, or work in hospitals, clinics, shelters or Alternate Care Sites. Non-medical members may be asked to do clerical work, crowd control, supplies, computers, safety/traffic, translation or a variety of support functions. Mental health professionals may be asked to provide disaster critical incident stress management support.
- Do I have to work at a disaster if I’m called?
No. Your family and job come first.
You can accept or refuse any disaster volunteer assignment.
- Can I be called to disasters outside Kern County? Outside California?
Yes, if you want to. The choice is always yours.
- How will medical licenses be checked?
After registering with Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California (DHV), the DHV system verifies the status on a daily basis of those who possess medical licenses.
- How will I be called to work at a local disaster?
After joining, all KMRC members will be directed to register on the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California (DHV) website.
This website will send messages about disasters to all KMRC members.
Assignments will be described and KMRC members will be given directions to respond if they can accept an assignment, if they cannot accept an assignment, or if they need more information.
After members accept an assignment, they will be given directions about where to report, when to report, and what their assignment will be.
- How do I learn disaster response techniques?
Attend KMRC trainings
Participate in KMRC drills and exercises
Take online training classes (see Training Opportunities page)