Contact: Silvio Marcacci
(609) 278-7137

 Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced an orientation and training session for county residents who are interested in serving their communities through the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC).  The session, to be held on May 31, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Dempster Fire Center in Lawrence, is a cooperative effort between the County and the State of New Jersey. 

The MRC seeks to provide trained, dedicated medical volunteers to assist Mercer County residents during their time of need, was created in January 2006, and will recruit and train volunteers on an ongoing basis to assist authorities during public heath emergencies and other emergency events.  Members of the public are encouraged to sign up and learn how they can help their communities. 

“The MRC program is a critical component in our overall plan to prepare Mercer County for any emergency that may occur”, began Hughes.  “This is a real opportunity for civilians to learn about emergency management and make a substantive impact on the lives of their neighbors.”

Specific program objectives include coordinating volunteers to assist during emergencies, training volunteers to provide them with appropriate skills, deploying volunteers during emergencies, and cooperating with other Mercer County volunteer agencies to create a unified response system for emergency and non-emergency medical situations.  MRC volunteers will perform a diverse array of duties, helping with registration of other volunteers, patient care, traffic control, and possibly even translation for volunteers proficient in languages other than English.

Anyone wishing to attend the MRC training session may register by visiting and filling out an application.  At the conclusion of the training, volunteers will receive accreditation certification, a MRC ID card, and information about future sessions.