The mission of the United States Fire Department Reserve Corps, Medical Reserve Corps (US FDRC: MRC) is to engage health care professionals in helping the community prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, disasters, and pressing public health needs by providing a group of readily trained and available volunteer professionals who supplement and assist local medical emergency response systems. 

The USFDRC: MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include:


  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings
  • Health Screenings
  • Emergency Sheltering
  • Obesity Reduction
  • Responder Rehab
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Disaster Medical Support
  • Outreach to Underserved Community Members
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Heart Health
  • Medical Facility Surge Capacity
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • First Aid During Large Public Gatherings
  • Community Event Support
  • Planning, Logistical, & Administrative Support
  • Healthy Living
  • Veterinary Support and Pet Preparedness
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Engaging Youth in Public Health Activities

About the Citizen Corps: MRC

The Citizen Corps Program provides opportunity for citizen volunteers to become active and involved in homeland security and emergency management activities designed to make individuals, their families and their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to deal with a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. Citizen Corps offers five (5) core programs:

  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Neighborhood Watch (NW)
  • Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)
  • Fire Corps (FC)


The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 989 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.

About MRC Training

The US FDRC reservist members are eligible to participate in numerous training programs including at the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, Center for Domestics Preparedness, and many others governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

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