Contra Costa County
Medical Reserve Corps
The Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was developed as part of the County's emergency planning and response system. It addresses the need for additional medical professionals to respond to a medical surge event or an event requiring the mass distribution of pharmaceuticals. Oversight is provided by the Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as lead agency with support from Contra Costa Health Services.
MRC volunteers bring broad skill sets to disaster and other public health response roles. Medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, pharmacists, and dentists, are welcome to join. Interpreters and other non-medical individuals also play a critical role in achieving the MRC mission and are invited to join.
For an online membership application, please click the icon to the right.
The Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps supports EMS and Public Health activities throughout the year, teaching Hands Only CPR for the HeartSafe Community Program, administering flu vaccines in county clinics and providing medical care at Project Homeless Connect events.
Additionally, the MRC maintains a public education role, participating in Disaster Preparedness Fairs throughout the county.
For Non Emergency MRC community support, please click the icon to the right.
All MRC activities serve as training opportunities. Throughout the year, formal training, such as those listed below, offers continuing education credits to our medical volunteers. In addition, collaborative training with our community partners prepares a more robust public health response for local residents.
- Working in Red Cross Shelters
- Practicing Austerity Medicine
- Disaster Anatomy: Applying Clinical Skills in a Disaster
- Mental Health in Disasters
With Federal, State and County support, the Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps established and maintains an equipment cache. The cache is based on a tiered response model, capable of scaled deployment of individuals or small strike teams.
THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY MRC DOES NOT SELF DEPLOY
The Contra Costa County MRC can be fully or partially activated by Contra Costa Health Services in declared States of Emergency or incidents necessitating medical support. The following individuals are authorized to activate the MRC in these cases:
- County EOC Medical/Health Branch Director/CCHS DOC Director or their designee; or
- CCHS Health Officer or designee; or
- CCHS EMS Division Director or their designee; or,
- CCHS Public Health Director or their designee.