Core Competencies

The core competencies were developed by the National Office of Civilian Volunteers Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) and National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) to create standards for training so Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit members across the U.S. will have a common set of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The goal of a standard level of training and skills is to make collaboration amongst MRC units and external partners more efficient. This facilitates the activation and deployment of MRC units or their individual members to emergency response missions locally, statewide, nationwide and potentially internationally. Beyond deployment, MRC members will be eligible for national MRC resources, such as trainings and conferences, for which regular medical volunteers do not qualify.

Required Training

Trainings required by the Napa County MRC are:

  • Disaster Mental Health or Psychological First Aid
  • MRC Roles in the Napa County emergency response
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)700
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 or Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

Keep Your Training Profile Updated

The Napa County MRC Unit will assess our members’ competencies in two ways. First through participation in training, exercises, and real events. Please review the table to determine if you have already completed training either with Napa County, online, your place of employment or another agency. To document participation we ask MRC members to update their training profile in the DHVC system with completed courses.

  1. Log on to the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California (DHVC) website
  2. Click My Profile
  3. Click Training
  4. Using the drop-down menu select training name and complete the information, including certificates if available

If you have proof of completion, such as certificates, please email Public Health Preparedness, mail or fax a copy to:
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Building B
Napa CA, 94558
Fax: 707-253-4880

Training Requirements

Personal / family preparedness
  • Identify key components to keep one’s self and family
  • Identify key components of disaster kits
  • Have a personal and family preparedness plan
  • Have a disaster kit
Online Survey
Awareness of mental health impact of disasters
  • Know what to expect in terms of stress reactions and how to provide emotional care
  • Psychological First Aid training or equivalent
DHVC Training Profile
Communication during disasters
  • Understand the roles of the Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Understand individual MRC member’s role in communicating with others during an emergency
  • Understand requirements of protected information
  • IS 100: Intro to the Incident Command System (ICS) or equivalent training i.e. Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
  • HIPAA training
  • DHVC Training Profile
  • Online Survey
Understand the incident command system including integration of the MRC
  • Comprehend the principles and features of local and National Incident Management
  • IS 700: Intro to National Incident Management
  • IS 100: Intro to ICS or equivalent training i.e. HICS
DHVC Training Profile
Describe the role of the MRC in public health emergency response
  • Understand the local public health system and role of MRC
  • Perform MRC duties in public health and emergency response
  • Napa County Public Health training
Signature on sign in/out sheets maintained by Napa County
Adherence to disaster response procedures
  • Describe local MRC guidelines for assignment, activation, reporting and deactivation.
  • Participation in Napa County trainings, exercises and real events (including mass vaccination clinics)
Signature on sign in/out sheets maintained by Napa County