The Union County Freeholders invite residents to become Union County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and receive free CPR training on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“The Medical Reserve Corps is composed of Union County residents who have made the commitment to step up as additional assistance in the event of an emergency,” said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella. “Whether it’s a destructive storm, a public health threat or a purposeful attack, Union County is better prepared to respond to emergencies, thanks to citizen involvement through the Medical Reserve Corps.”

Participants will earn 3.5 Public Health Continuing Education credits with the completion of this training.

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Eligible applicants should be adults age 18 and older, active or retired healthcare professionals in good standing, non-medically trained community members with a commitment to their community, public health professionals, or students of a health profession. In addition, residents willing to be trained to fill key support positions are also welcome to apply.

The Medical Reserve Corps consists of more than 200 medical and non-medical professionals. It was developed in order to help the County prepare for emergencies on a regional basis.

Through the Medical Reserve Corps, disaster planners can swiftly identify community members who have a professional background that enables them to provide assistance during an emergency. The additional volunteers enable trained responders to focus their efforts on priority situations that require specialized skills.

The Reserve Corps also helps to ensure that more citizens throughout Union County are prepared to provide assistance in an emergency. In case an extreme event makes travel difficult, Reserve Corps members can help out locally until career responders arrive.

Many Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have a background in health care fields, but medical training is not needed in order to join. Communications, transportation, emergency shelter management and other related skills play a critical role in effective emergency response.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers participate in training and planning sessions, and they also conduct public outreach efforts on a regular basis.

All participants must be registered with Union County Medical Reserve Corps. Being that space is limited for this event, interested residents should call 908-518-5631 to register.

For more information on the Union County Medical Reserve Corps, contact the Union County MRC Unit Coordinator, Lovely Randle, at 908-518-5631 or email uchealth@ucnj.orgFor all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.