Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to public health emergencies. MRC volunteers strengthen the emergency preparedness and daily services of Alexandria Health Department.

Page updated on Apr 16, 2020 at 12:29 AM

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Join Us

Are you ready to join the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps? Register online through the Virginia Volunteer Health System. A staff member will follow up with you once your application has been received. 

Alexandria MRC Group

Who We Are

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a team of medical and non-medical volunteers who are trained and ready to respond to emergencies that impact public health, such as disease outbreaks, bioterrorist events, or natural disasters. MRC volunteers use their unique skills to serve the community and are critical to supporting the Alexandria Health Department’s mission to advance “Healthy People, Healthier Communities.” The Alexandria MRC is part of a national network of MRC units that serve to strengthen our nation’s public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency.

For more information about the Alexandria MRC, see our Volunteer Handbook.

What We Do

Volunteering with Alexandria MRC is a great way to use your unique skill set and make connections in your community. The MRC volunteer experience offers flexibility, unique training opportunities in emergency response and public health, and can help build your resume! Our volunteers have supported activities that include:

MRC and Zika Prevention        - Drug Take Back Days

  •         - Immunization Clinic Support
  •         - First Aid Medical Operations for 2017 Presidential Inauguration
  •         - Alexandria Earth Fair Outreach
  •         - Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise Support

     - Zika Awareness Outreach

    - Emergency Preparedness Fair OutreachSmedley and MRC at Flu Clinic

    - District Epidemiologist Data Entry Support

    - Training and Orientation Support

    - Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) Team Support

    - Food Safety Flyer Distribution


Training is an important part of the MRC volunteer experience. Trainings are available online or in-class. Some training opportunities available to Alexandria MRC volunteers include:

  • Basic Incident Command Structure (ICS)MRC Training
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • REVIVE! Opioid Lay Rescuer Response
  • Mental Health Preparedness
  • Category A Agents
  • Vector Borne Illness
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR
  • Epidemiological Interviewing Techniques

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Medical Reserve Corps FAQs

Join Us

Ready to sign up? Register as a new volunteer and submit your application. A staff member will follow-up with information about orientation and training once your application has been received. All volunteers are required to attend an MRC orientation and have cleared a background check to become an active member. 

Internships/Practicum Requests 

Human Resources and Health Department Supervisors review intern and practicum requests on a case-by-case basis. Call 703.746.4978 for more information. Many schools require that an agreement be in place before an intern can start. All interns and practicum students are subject to a background check.