Students form emergency corps

Our Director of Homeland Security programs is the point of report for the grant-funded student-run organization called the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps (BMRC).  He can be contacted at sfs@berkeley.edu.

 This group is also responsive to calls from CA Disaster Healthcare Volunteers and the University Health Services (UHS).

Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps (BMRC), a group of volunteer first responders primarily serving the UC Berkeley campus and the surrounding community. This has given us an outstanding opportunity to not only integrate Alameda County ALS into local community initiatives, but also provide mentorship to brand -new first responders looking to begin their career in EMS. 

Driven by the events of 9/11 and the perceived threat of future terrorist attacks, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network was designed to function as community medical resources supplementing primary EMS and hospital response to large-scale incidents. Unlike many other volunteer organizations, MRC’s are composed of trained medical personnel and function in an established command structure complete with their own medical direction and operational guidelines. 

In the case of the already 50+ member-strong Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps, uniformed personnel are trained to a minimum BLS level. Membership however is not limited to EMTs only; a number of paramedics, local physicians and nurses are ready to sign up and be deployed in the event of an emergency. Dr. Ari Stern of Alta Bates Medical Center currently serves as the group’s Medical Director, with emergency deployments managed via the University Health Services Medical Center, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the campus, and the UC Police Department. The BMRC not only has the capability to respond to disasters such as earthquakes, wildland fires, and large-scale incidents like large sporting events or public gatherings, but will also remain active in assisting with various public health initiatives and community awareness projects.

From Alameda County Paramedics Plus newsletter, October 2013 

Learn more about how this group has trained to be emergency responders in case of a major emergency.

Visit Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps website at mrc.berkeley.edu

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“The attendants were very nice and friendly. They made me forget the pain I was having.” 

from a patient survey in regards to BMRC personnel