The Racine County Medical Reserve Corps hosted its 2015 Racine County Medical Reserve Corps Conference on Friday, September 18, 2015. The conference was presented with support from the City of Racine Health Department and the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps of Lake County, IL. Dozens of participants from across Wisconsin and the region attended the conference at the Gateway Technical College – Racine Campus, 1001 South Main Street in Racine.
A number of different breakout sessions were offered, with a range of topics including parasitology, helicopter awareness and safety, SALT Triage, zoonotic diseases, response techniques for sexual assault, bomb squad procedures, and water filtration systems. An interactive session allowed attendees to meet and interact with a police K-9.
Presenters for the breakout sessions included the Assistant State Veterinarian from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, a professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Director of the Parasitology Center, Inc., in Scottsdale, AZ. Further sessions were led by law enforcement personnel from various agencies in Southeast Wisconsin, as well as a Flight Paramedic from Flight for Life’s Waukesha base, among others.
“The interactive portions of the conference allowed attendees to gain knowledge to better prepare themselves in case an emergency response is required in the future,” said Pat Adams, Racine County
Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator.
The goal of the conference was to provide basic training and increase the knowledge base for individuals involved in a local Medical Reserve Corps unit or other volunteer groups, or to simply inform those interested in learning more about emergency and disaster preparedness and response topics.