VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM
The Time to Prepare is NOW
RIDMAT/MRC provides both classroom training sessions and field hospital training opportunities to its volunteers. The objective of RIDMAT/MRC's program is to provide useful training opportunities that prepare a volunteer corps to safely and properly respond to the needs of its community; whether public health or emergency response. Classroom Events focus on relevant issues in the areas of public health, personal and community preparedness, and healthcare practice. During planned field hospital event trainings, RIDMAT/MRC volunteers set-up field hospitals and provide physician-level care to participants and spectators at mass gathering events across the state. These field hospital training events allow for the familiarity of the staff, the equipment and processes that are utilized in the event of a disaster in Rhode Island.
Making a Difference
The Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program’s mission is to leverage the DMAT/MRC volunteer base to provide opioid overdose prevention education to organizations that plan to or have initiated a naloxone response program.
Our programming includes overdose prevention, recognition, and response training, specifically targeted towards law enforcement and public safety professionals, primary care providers, behavioral healthcare providers, corrections, schools and others. In addition to our in-person education, we serve as a clearinghouse for naloxone and overdose prevention training resources in the state, as well as encouraging and supporting efforts to expand access to naloxone. Since its inception, NOPE-RI has trained over 4000 individuals on how to prevent, recognize and respond to opioid overdose.
OPERATION STOP THE BLEED - RI
Mobile HUMVEE Outreach
Providing bleeding control, recognition, and response education is a harm reduction intervention that has been demonstrated to save lives. Operation Stop the Bleed-RI will utilize a surplus HUMVEE to deliver critical training in unique locations, like special events, retail shopping center parking lots, sporting events, and other high traffic locations, that encourages bystanders to become trained and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.