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 90+ 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. Alta Bates Medical Center currently serves as the group’s sponsor, 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.
Learn more about how this group has trained to be emergency responders in case of a major emergency.