Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Holmes County

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of volunteers that improve the health and safety of their community. MRC volunteers might be nurses, physicians, EMTs, healthcare professionals or anyone who wants to help their community. Volunteers prepare and respond to emergencies and disasters. During a disaster, the need for medical personnel is high and having volunteers ready and prepared ensures the need is met. Volunteers might participate in other activities to promote health and safety, such as vaccination clinics, fairs, education, and drills. This is a great way to be involved and help your community in its times of need.

Refer a Friend → Get Rewarded!

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Have a friend sign up to join the Medical Reserve Corps and receive an emergency preparedness kit! You’ll get to volunteer with a friend and get a free kit that will help you and your family in an emergency! 



  1. Tell your friend about the Medical Reserve Corps
  2. Have them fill out an application
  3. Make sure they specify that you referred them on their application
  4. Following their acceptance in the Medical Reserve Corps, you will receive a free emergency preparedness kit!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community based group filled with volunteers who are ready and willing to help Holmes County. MRC is a country wide network, but has individual volunteer units in different counties and areas. Holmes County has an MRC unit which is maintained by the Holmes County General Health District.

What is required to become a member?
The process to join is simple and quick! First you will fill out an application and then receive a background check paid for by the health department. After your acceptance into the organization, you will receive your badge and complete your required training within 90 days of acceptance.

What training is required to join?

All trainings can be completed online via Ohio Train (click on the link below). There are two training segments that need to be completed within 90 days of acceptance. Within the first 30 days, volunteers must complete training on HIPAA, stress management, blood-borne pathogens, and personal protection equipment. Trainings range from 10 to 30 minutes in length.

The second section of training is to be completed within 90 days of acceptance into the MRC. It includes training on national incident management systems, incident command systems, and working in points of dispensing clinics. These trainings range from 30 minutes to three hours.

Links to the online courses can be found in the MRC training schedule (see below)

If a volunteer has completed training that covers a similar topic to those listed above, it may be substituted with the approval of the MRC coordinator.  Proof of completion must be submitted.

In order to maintain liability protection, volunteers are required to complete at least one training every three years.  CEU’s or other trainings needed to maintain professional licensure count towards this requirement.

Click here for the Holmes County MRC training schedule.

Click here for instructions on how to create an Ohio Train Account.

**Note:  Accommodations can be made for those who do not have computer access.  Please call Jennifer McCoy at 330-674-5035.

What would I do as a volunteer?

Volunteers would participate in various trainings and drills related to emergency preparedness. Volunteers may also participate in activities with the health district such as health fairs, mass vaccination clinics, support local public health efforts, help Holmes County in an emergency or disaster, and many other opportunities. 

What are the benefits of joining the MRC?

The benefits include being a part of a community based group that give back to your community, minimal time commitment, hand on experiences, and learning about emergency planning.

How do I become a volunteer?

It’s easy! Go to our website, and find the application the emergency preparedness section. You can also call the health district at (330)-674-5035 and ask for a paper copy and hand your application in our office or mail back.

Who can volunteer?

ANYONE can volunteer! We are always looking for physicians, nurses, EMTs, veterinarians, pharmacists, mental health professionals, or anyone with a professional license or certification.   Non-medical volunteers are also needed who may be able to assist in administrative or supportive tasks during an emergency.  Everyone can help.

What if I am not available to volunteer all the time?

Being a volunteer with the MRC has minimal time commitment! Once you finish your training, if you are unable to go to drills or other trainings that is fine as long as you complete one training every three years. You may participate in as much as you are able to!

Do volunteers only help during emergencies?

No.  Volunteers are trained to be ready to respond during an emergency but volunteers can help our community during non-emergency times too! Volunteers may participate in activities such as vaccination clinics, health fairs, and other health initiatives. 

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