Volunteers

Our goal is to provide a wide variety of trainings to all of our MRC members, whether you have recently joined, or have been a member since Denton County MRC’s inception. We hope that we will expand upon your current skills, and help you develop new ones.  We aim to stay ahead of the curve of what is coming for MRC units across the country.

This training calendar is tentative; courses are subject to change if necessary.    Any changes made will be updated on the MRC web portal (mrc.dentoncounty.com).  We suggest checking the web portal often for updates.  Approximately one month prior to a training date, you will receive a reminder email from Seth Roberts with a Training Flyer, which will provide you with more details.

You must register for all training on the MRC web portal, at mrc.dentoncounty.com.  We require registration in order to plan facility space and prepare materials. Sign in, click “Volunteer Training” and click the green "Sign Up" button under the training you wish to register for.

We understand that our lives are busy and plans change. If you have registered for a training, but cannot attend, we ask that you notify us immediately so that we can allow space for someone else. If you are interested in a training or have additional questions, please contact Seth Roberts.

Training Schedule
September – 2019
Title Denton County Employee Flu Shots (MRC Volunteers, Denton Office)
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department (Denton Office) - Confrence
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

As part of the POD training we will have Volunteers help administer shots to the Denton County Employees. We will do this over a 2 day period at two different locations. (Location is at Denton County Public Health Building, in Denton)

We will have two shifts set for each day (6:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers but specifically: Vaccinators at least 2 per shift, per day and non-medical volunteers at least 1 per shift, per day.

Title Denton County Employee Flu Shots (MRC Volunteers, Denton Office)
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department (Denton Office) - Confrence
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

As part of the POD training we will have Volunteers help administer shots to the Denton County Employees. We will do this over a 2 day period at two different locations. (Location is at Denton County Public Health Building, in Denton)

We will have two shifts set for each day (6:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers but specifically: Vaccinators at least 2 per shift, per day and non-medical volunteers at least 1 per shift, per day.

Title Denton County Employee Flu Shots (MRC Volunteers, Lewisville Office)
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lewisville - Precinct 3 Government Center - Confrence
400 N. Valley Parkway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Description:

As part of the POD training we will have Volunteers help administer shots to the Denton County Employees. We will do this over a 2 day period at two different locations.  (Location is at Denton County Public Health Building, in Lewisville)

We will have two shifts set for each day (6:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers but specifically: Vaccinators at least 2 per shift, per day and non-medical volunteers at least 1 per shift, per day.

Title Denton County Employee Flu Shots (MRC Volunteers, Lewisville Office)
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lewisville - Precinct 3 Government Center - Confrence
400 N. Valley Parkway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Description:

As part of the POD training we will have Volunteers help administer shots to the Denton County Employees. We will do this over a 2 day period at two different locations.  (Location is at Denton County Public Health Building, in Lewisville)

We will have two shifts set for each day (6:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers but specifically: Vaccinators at least 2 per shift, per day and non-medical volunteers at least 1 per shift, per day.

Title 2019 Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise/LIVE Flu Clinic (Little Elm)
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Little Elm High School - TBA
1900 Walker Lane
Little Elm, TX 75068
Description:

This full-scale Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise is designed to test our SNS capabilities. The event will exercise emergency plans to setup 2 POD sites on two different dates within the county in a mass prophylaxis scenario. Each participant will have an opportunity to participate in his/her role in a POD, and understand how the various job assignments work in a Public Health emergency. There will be 2 dates with separate locations to choose from. MRC volunteers can participate at both PODS if the choose.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested are encouraged to attend especially those that have never participated in a POD exercise before. We need as many volunteers as we can get for this full-scale exercise
October – 2019
Title 2019 Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise/LIVE Flu Clinic (Carrollton)
Date: Saturday, October 05, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Creekview High School - TBA
3201 Old Denton Road
Carrollton, TX 75007
Description:

This full-scale Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise is designed to test our SNS capabilities. The event will exercise emergency plans to setup 2 POD sites on two different dates within the county in a mass prophylaxis scenario. Each participant will have an opportunity to participate in his/her role in a POD, and understand how the various job assignments work in a Public Health emergency. There will be 2 dates with separate locations to choose from. MRC volunteers can participate at both PODS if the choose.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested are encouraged to attend especially those that have never participated in a POD exercise before. We need as many volunteers as we can get for this full-scale exercise
Title Peterbilt Open House - Environmental Fair
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Peterbilt Motors - Peterbilt
3200 Airport Road
Denton, TX 76207
Description:

We need no more than 5 volunteers who are willing to attend the Peterbilt Open House - Environmental Fair. This is an event where we can recruit new MRC volunteers as well as let them know what Denton County Public Health has to offer them. Setup will be at 10:00 am and has to be torn down by 1:45 pm.

This is an annual open house for all of Peterbilts employees as well as their immediate family.  This year, they expect more than three thousand people to attend. Other activities at the Open House include a meal, customized Peterbilt truck display, a car and motorcycle display, Health Fair, truck rides and all kinds of entertainment for all ages.

Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)

November – 2019
Title Until Help Arrives (with Stop the Bleed)
Date: Saturday, November 02, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

Injuries can happen at any time. In fact, you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where someone, a stranger perhaps, needs immediate medical help for a life-threatening injury. You are the most important help available to someone with a serious, life-threatening injury. When someone experiences a life-threatening emergency, the first care they can get can be the difference between life and death. We will also give you hands on training on Stopping the bleed techniques using tourniquets.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers can attend, but this is intended for those with no medical training, it is not intended for health care providers. Also if you have already taken the course there is no need to retake it again.

Title Ham Radio Operator Certification Course (2 day class)
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This is a 2-day Technician (entry-level) course, and it includes your license manual, handouts, and test fee.  (Denton County MRC will pay the cost of the course, materials and test fee--you agree to help us as an MRC Ham Operator).  The test will be given at the end of the class on Sunday (Day 2). Course hours are from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday (Day 1), November 16, and from 12:00 pm (Noon) to 5 pm on Sunday, (Day 2) November 17.  You must attend both days to be certified.

Instructor: Allan Batteiger has 30+ years of ham radio experience, has taught this course for 7 years, and is a dual accredited Amateur Examiner. His students have a 98% pass rate on the exam, and he comes highly recommended.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested that: do not have a current license,  and want to be a HAM operator, are encouraged to attend.

December – 2019
Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description: The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation will include: Medical Reserve Corp Information Session, Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile, Contact and Deployment Procedures, and Point of Dispensing and Shelter Operations team assignments. Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering.
Title Basic Ham Radio 101
Date: Saturday, December 07, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This is an informal, very basic overview of two-way communications covering how to turn it on, push-to-talk, simplex and repeater operation, frequencies to use, how to talk on nets, etc. Focus is having fun, and hands-on actual use Approximately 2 hours including 1 hour class and 1 hour exercise. o All participants are encouraged to bring their own HT if they have one. o Follow-up activity, i,e,,."Homework" will be required o One on one or break-out groups may go longer after class if desired.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers who possess an FCC Amateur Radio license but have little or no experience using a radio.

January – 2020
Title Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Part 1: Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support
Date: Thursday, January 09, 2020 – Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This 2-day workshop is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques. Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized, acute, emergency mental health intervention that requires specialized training. This workshop is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers especially for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

 

Title AHA Heartsaver CPR & AED (for non-medical)
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

Heartsaver CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. There will be plenty of hands-on practice on mannequins, and after passing a simple test, you will be certified in CPR and AED use.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Title Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Events
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Elections - Conference
701 Kimberly Dr A101
Denton, TX 76208
Description:

PER 211, Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives, (CBRNE) Events teaches you how to distinguish between different agents of concern that could be used in a major incident.  This course is a combination of facilitated discussions, small-group exercises, Human Patient Simulator hands-on scenarios, and traditional classroom discussions. Exercises are conducted in a CBRNE scenario using both adult and pediatric Human Patient Simulators to reinforce classroom lectures and interaction.

Target Audience: The primary target audience for this course includes: Fire Services, (LE), (EMS), Hospital personnel, Public Health Services, Public Works, Emergency Management Organizations, Private Industry, (CERT), and Dispatchers. Seats will also be available to MRC Volunteers.

To register follow this link https://www.preparingtexas.org/ViewCourse.aspx?courseid=0286db65-04a9-4078-a749-1779a0d6e181

February – 2020
Title Family Assistance Center (FAC) Call Center Training
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The primary duty of call center is to manage and give transmit vital information to callers during, or after an emergency situation. A FAC call center may be established to receive initial missing persons’ intake information. It could be co-located with the FAC if space allows. While the initial intent of the Call Center will be to receive reports of missing individuals, it may transition into an informational hotline during the latter part of the incident.

This course will train MRC member on the protocol for Denton County in handling callers, as well as becoming familiar with call center surroundings.

Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)

Title Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Part 2: Group Crisis Intervention
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This 2-day workshop is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic, and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. The Group Crisis Intervention workshop will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing’s and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

All Denton County MRC Volunteers.  This workshop is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

March – 2020
Title Ham Radio Operator Certification Course (2 day class)
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Denton County Health Department - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This is a 2-day Technician (entry-level) course, and it includes your license manual, handouts, and test fee.  (Denton County MRC will pay the cost of the course, materials and test fee--you agree to help us as an MRC Ham Operator).  The test will be given at the end of the class on Sunday (Day 2). Course hours are from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday (Day 1), March 16, and from 12:00 pm (Noon) to 5 pm on Sunday, (Day 2) March 17.  You must attend both days to be certified.

Instructor: Allan Batteiger has 30+ years of ham radio experience, has taught this course for 7 years, and is a dual accredited Amateur Examiner. His students have a 98% pass rate on the exam, and he comes highly recommended.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested that: do not have a current license,  and want to be a HAM operator, are encouraged to attend.

Title Congressman Burgess annual Emergency Preparedness Summit & Fair 2020
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: TBD - TBD
TBD
TBD, TX TBD
Description:

**Date, Time, and Location are TBD **

Congressman Burgess hosts an Emergency Preparedness Summit & Fair each year in which we have a table set up. In an effort to help residents be better prepared, Congressman Burgess is partners with many organizations to host an informative and family fun event for all age groups, kids to seniors! This is a free public event, where families can tour indoor and outdoor exhibits/vehicles providing emergency and disaster preparedness resources and make & takes as well as view live safety demonstrations.

We are looking for no more than 4-6 volunteers that could be at the table to give out information on current or potential health concerns in the County (information would be provided) as well as be a spokesperson for MRC.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers, but no more than 4-6 volunteers.

April – 2020
Title Denton County Dash 5K Walk/Run
Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park - Pavilion
1301 S Railroad St
Lewisville, TX 75067
Description:

This annual walk/run, hosted by the Denton County Health Department, is a free community event to bring awareness to the impact of cardiovascular disease in Denton County. Hundreds of Denton County residents, from young kids to the young-at-heart, show up to walk the beautiful park and “take the first step” towards a healthy lifestyle. MRC has been asked to provide much-needed assistance in a variety of areas, including: first aid, course monitors, communications, registration, health education, and more. You will receive an email closer to the date with job assignment requests for this year’s event. This is a great way to give back to the community, and we hope we can count on your assistance!

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested are encouraged to attend

Title Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS)
Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 – Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: TBD - TBD
TBD
TBD, TX TBD
Description:

The Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) is an advanced practicum course for the trained BDLS® provider. It is an intensive two day course that allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, specified essential skills, and mass casualty incident information systems/technology applications.  Using simulated, all hazards scenarios in which participants treat simulated patients in various disaster drills and situations.  Training is focused on the development of hands-on skills to allow participants to apply the knowledge learned in BDLS.

Target Audience: This training is limited to MRC volunteer's that has successfully completed BDLS. Specifically those that attended the BDLS class on April 2019.

Title Basic Ham Radio 101
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

This is an informal, very basic overview of two-way communications covering how to turn it on, push-to-talk, simplex and repeater operation, frequencies to use, how to talk on nets, etc. Focus is having fun, and hands-on actual use Approximately 2 hours including 1 hour class and 1 hour exercise. o All participants are encouraged to bring their own HT if they have one. o Follow-up activity, i,e,,."Homework" will be required o One on one or break-out groups may go longer after class if desired.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers who possess an FCC Amateur Radio license but have little or no experience using a radio.

Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)

May – 2020
Title Until Help Arrives (with Stop the Bleed)
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

Injuries can happen at any time. In fact, you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where someone, a stranger perhaps, needs immediate medical help for a life-threatening injury. You are the most important help available to someone with a serious, life-threatening injury. When someone experiences a life-threatening emergency, the first care they can get can be the difference between life and death. We will also give you hands on training on Stopping the bleed techniques using tourniquets.

Target Audience: All Denton County MRC Volunteers can attend, but this is intended for those with no medical training, it is not intended for health care providers. Also if you have already taken the course there is no need to retake it again.

Title Regional Volunteer Symposium
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ruthe Jackson Center - Main Ball
3113 South Carrier Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Description:

Department of State Health Service PHR 2/3 along with Dallas County Health and Human Services & Dallas County Homeland Security & Emergency Management put together a workshop/conference that focused on collaborating with local health departments, County Officials and responder organization to foster community engagement with volunteers and volunteer coordinators. To better understand best practices, roles, recruitment, and retention when responding to all hazard approach. Lunch will be provided.

All Denton County MRC Volunteers interested

June – 2020
Title Medical Reserve Corps Orientation
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Denton County Administrative Complex (Health Department) - Conference
535 S. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
Description:

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Orientation is designed to introduce new members to the MRC process.  It includes: Medical Reserve Corp information session, volunteer roles and responsibilities, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), contact and deployment procedures, and Point of Dispensing (POD) and Shelter Operations team assignments.

Target Audience: Denton County Citizens interested in volunteering (not for current volunteers)