Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington

Integrated and prepared to effectively respond.

Program Overview

Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington consists of volunteers called upon to assist in responding to local, regional, or national emergencies or disasters.

Volunteers are given the opportunity to engage in local health-related programs, such as vaccination clinics, suicide prevention programs, personal & family preparedness education, and community events like Bloomsday, that help build community resilience and volunteer skills.

Volunteers can come from many fields, including:

  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Veterinarians
  • Mental health professionals
  • PAs
  • Chaplains
  • Paramedics & EMTs
  • Law enforcement
  • Other non-medical volunteers such as administrative support, security, and educators

The program is funded with grant dollars from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, with additional project money coming from National Association of City and County Health Officials. Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington works with outside agencies like American Red Cross, Greater Spokane Emergency Management, healthcare facilities, and Emergency Medical Services to carry out its mission.

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Volunteers are asked to complete required training, including:

  • ICS -100 & IS-700
  • Blood Borne Pathogens

Other training is offered locally as available and may provide continuing education credits.

MRC volunteers work with community groups to provide a variety of training:

  • Good to Go - evacuation preparedness
  • Question Persuade & Refer (QPR) - three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Hospital Emergency Response Team activities
  • Training on the proper use of naloxone to help individuals who are overdosing from opioids
  • Many other areas

National Medical Reserve Corp


Average number of Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington activities annually

Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington By the Numbers

  • 502 total number of volunteer hours contributed
  • $19,116 economic value of contribution of volunteer hours
  • 152 unique MRC participants in 2019

The best way to help during a disaster is to join a local volunteer organization and complete the required training prior to an emergency.

MRC of EW Volunteer Video

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program

Working with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to health emergencies in and around Spokane County

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