Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions, please contact Erin McDonough

Erin.McDonough@riresponds.org or 1 888 549-3335 Ext 201

1. Who Can Volunteer?

Any Licensed health care professional can volunteer; active or retired.
  • MD                             
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • EMT-B or EMT- C
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Any allied health professional
  • non-medical volunteers (administrative assistance)

2. What is the purpose of the RI Medical Reserve Corps?

The purpose of the RI MRC is to strengthen the medical and emergency resources within our own community.  Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps allows residents to participate in addressing and solving the public health concerns within their community.  Rhode Island, like other states and areas, has it's own needs, issues, and concerns and there is no one better equipped to handle those needs than the professionals willing to volunteer their time and expertise to their own communities and neighborhoods.

3. What is the commitment?

Commitment to the RI MRC is minimal.  We ask that you give your time when you can.  However, we do emphasize the need to keep up with training. Trainings are offered throughout the year and are posted on this website on the training page. Certificates of completion of ICS 100b (Introduction to the Incident Command System) and 700a (National Incident Management System) are required to become an active member.

4. What type of Malpractice Insurance do I need.

The RI MRC, if activated by the State of RI, would be covered under Title 30, Military Affairs and Defense Chapter 30-15, Emergency Management, Section 30-15-15. See the LIABILITY link for more information.

5. How do I know if RI MRC needs assistance?

When the RI MRC receives orders, the volunteer will be contacted at the numbers provided to identify availability and receive instructions on what and where.  Please, NEVER SELF DEPLOY to an incident as a member of the RI MRC.  MRC Leadership will contact you if and when there is a need.

6. Are there any educational requirements?

A completed MRC Application, RI MRC New Member Orientation and ICS 100b and ICS 700a are required for active membership for RI MRC.  The courses are online and easy to follow.  Here are the links: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is100b.asp and http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.asp

7. How do I become a member?

It is as simple as completing the online application and submitting a copy of your driver's license and ICS 100b and 700a certificates of completion.  You can upload the documents and email them to Erin.McDonough@riresponds.org, fax them to (401) 489-7585 or mail them to RI MRC at 50 Barnett Lane West Greenwich, RI 02817.

8. Are there any medical requirements to become a member?

The Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps requires all members remain up to date with the Immunizations listed below. For those members that need to be updated,  these vaccines are available with your personal physician or through one of the many immunization days held throughout the year that are available to you as a member of RI MRC. These dates and times are posted here on the website.  Please, feel free to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Flu
  • PPD done Yearly

9. Do I get paid?

No.  The Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer organization.  If the Corps were activated, you would be volunteering to help the State of Rhode Island or your own community without any compensation.  Any time you could offer would be a benefit to the cause.