MRC Member Training

MRC Core Competencies

The core competencies were developed by the national Division of Civilian Volunteers Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) and National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) to create standards for training so MRC Unit members across the US will have a common set of knowledge, skills and abilities.
The goal of a standard level of training and skills is to make collaboration amongst MRC units and external partners more efficient. This facilitates the activation and deployment of MRC units or their individual members to emergency response missions locally, statewide, and potentially nationwide.
Trainings required by the Shelby County MRC are: 
  • MRC 101/ MRC Orientation
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 or Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)700
  • If you are employed by a hospital, you have likely completed a Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) training. This may be used in lieu of the ICS 100 & 700 requirements. (ICS 100 and 700 is still recommended). 
  • FEMA Independent Study Courses can be found at:
  • Just in Time Training – specific to job role – often completed just prior or on the day of your deployment/assignment.

Supplemental/Recommended Training

  • Disaster Mental Health or Psychological First Aid
  • Shelter Training
  • POD Training
  • FEMA ICS 200
  • FEMA ICS 800
If you have proof of completion, such as certificates, please email, mail or fax a copy to: [email protected]
Training is a key component to ensuring safe and efficient response efforts. The training modules will provide an overview of the things that you may experience while deployed as a MRC volunteer. The FEMA Incident Command System training is required as this incorporates the structure in which emergencies are handled. 
Additional trainings can be found on the Shelby County PHEPP/MRC Calendar (hyperlink) and the Office of Preparedness / Homeland Security / Emergency Management Agency website:
Supplemental Training: 
“Working in a Point of Dispensing (POD)” Sponsor: University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness *CEU, CME, CNE at the University at Albany Public Health Preparedness website or at  Course ID: 1010263.
This course will provide you with an understanding of a POD, how it operates, and the roles that you may be assigned as a POD (mass-dispensing site) worker. We will review your specific role the day of the exercise. 
Click here for the volunteer handbook. This covers important information and will answer many other questions. Additional information can be found at or the national website at
For Additional Information Contact: 
Tina McElravey
Nurse Educator, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
Shelby County Health Department
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
1075 Mullins Station Memphis, TN 38134
Office (901)222-8200  Cell (901)508-7327