Public Safety Services Volunteer Opportunities
Montcalm County Emergency Services participates in two citizen Corps programs; Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.

Participants are encouraged to attend all 5 sessions. Those who complete all five sessions will receive a certificate. Those who complete may also be invited to apply for membership as a CERT Team Volunteer (subject to a background check). The training provides practical information with hands-on applications for disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, beginning first aid and triage, fire suppression, and light search and rescue. Participants will practice using a fire extinguisher, sizing up a disaster situation, splinting, rescue evacuation and more.

If you would like more information about CERT or to join, contact Eric Smith at 989.831.3534.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national program founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.

The mission of MRC is to establish teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals who can contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.

MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

The Medical Reserve Corps program office is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. It functions as a clearinghouse for information and best practices to help communities establish, implement and maintain MRC units across the nation.

Members of the MRC complete basic training in Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials, Radio Communications, and Introduction to Disaster Services. Once these basic courses are completed, the members are ready to respond to situations, when called up by Montcalm County Emergency Management. Members are also prepared with a backpack of supplies, a uniform, and identification so they will be ready to respond to most situations. These dedicated volunteers will be invaluable when an emergency situation occurs that overtaxes our capable first responders. The MRC can provide assistance in the field, in Neighborhood Emergency Health Centers, Mass Care Centers, or Shelters.

The Montcalm Medical Reserve Corps is actively recruiting medical and public health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, epidemiologists and others in medical and public health occupations. If you would like more information about the Montcalm Medical Reserve Corps or to join, contact Eric Smith at 989.831.3534.