The Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging people to volunteer for their local Medical Reserve Corps units.

Medical Reserve Corps units are a specialized, health-related component of Citizen Corps, a national network of hometown security volunteers. The MRC supplements existing emergency and public health resources. MRC units help find local needs and support their communities throughout the year with various activities.

“We are looking for individuals with medical training and experience as well as other interested people to serve as leaders and volunteers to either start or join local Medical Reserve Corps units,” Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator with the Wyoming Department of Health, said in a media release.

Here are a few examples of what MRC units do in Wyoming:

  • In Natrona County, the local MRC provides basic EMT support for the Special Olympics, Casper College athletic events and other events.
  • The Albany County MRC has a strong presence with the University of Wyoming, and provides mental health first aid and fire rehabilitation.
  • The Northeast Wyoming MRC helps with medical surge capacity for smaller hospital clinics during events.

Funding is available to start new MRC units in Wyoming.

Residents interested in joining an existing MRC or starting one in their area can contact Angelyn Mayes at 307-587-5366 or angelyn.mayes@wyo.gov for more information.

Carol Seavey is special sections editor at the Casper Star-Tribune. Contact her at 307-266-0544 or carol.seavey@trib.com. Follow her on twitter at Carol_Seavey.

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