All MRC volunteers need to undergo some form of orientation to the Augusta University
MRC, which includes an overview of the system in which the MRC's activities occur,
whether in relation to emergency response or public health, or both.
Support/administrative volunteers receive guidance on how to perform their particular
functions, which vary depending on the needs of particular communities. They may need
to participate in practice drills if their duties interface with those of the front-line/direct-service
volunteers. Overall, the training includes support skills training, communications,
public speaking, and Incident Command System, or other local command systems.
Training requirements for front-line/direct-service volunteers is typically extensive
and specialized. Generally, these volunteers receive training in primary emergency
response and public health procedures, including basic life support and CPR; Community
Emergency Response Team training; identifying the signs, symptoms, and treatment of
hazardous materials (including nuclear, biological, and chemical agents); and basic
first aid skills to deal with emergencies such as shock, allergic reactions, bleeding,
broken bones, burns, chemical splashes, choking, eye injuries, skin wounds, dislocations,
head trauma, heat exhaustion, stroke, and poisoning.