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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.

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  • Membership

    Contra Costa County Health Services are looking for skilled volunteers to join the units. 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 during emergencies and large disasters. There are two units to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps and the County Unit.

    What's the Difference between Contra Costa MRC & Contra Costa County Unit?

    MRC members are engaged and active participants in unit activities. They want to learn more about disaster preparedness and response by attending team meetings and trainings. They want to utilize their skills and have a general wiliness to help the community during both emergencies and non-emergency community events such as CPR training, First Aid stations at events and high school mentorship. The MRC unit is requested and deploys as a team under the SEMS structure for California and are pre-trained and vetted to do so.

    The County Unit, are people who have preregistered on the DHV site so their credentials can be verified and they can quickly be notified of a need through this system. This unit essentially serves as a reserve list of personnel that can back up the MRC or CCHS Public Health during emergencies that have surge related to large scale, catastrophic events. There is no commitment or formal training.

    The Contra Costa County MRC has an annual attendance requirement of 2 events a year to be considered an active member. If this is too great a time commitment, we recommend you join the County Unit.

    To start your application with the MRC please click "apply to the CCC MRC".

    If you have any further questions, please contact the Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at 925-313-6608.

    MRC Updates

  • Community Event Request

    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.

  • Training & Calendar

    All MRC activities serve as training opportunities. throughout the year, formal training 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. Please see the calendar below for a list of MRC training opportunities and events.

    • Working in Red Cross Shelters
    • Practicing Austerity Medicine
    • Disaster Anatomy: Applying Clinical Skills in a Disaster
    • Mental Health in Disasters

  • Equipment Cache

    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.

  • Unit Activation


    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.

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