The Fifth District Medical Response Coalition (5DMRC) is committed to supporting regional health resources such as hospitals, a variety of healthcare organizations and emergency medical services providers to prepare and respond to a variety of disasters and mass casualty incidents in lower southwest Michigan.

Mass Fatalities Planning and Response for Rural Communities


Today, instead of the regularly scheduled 5DMRC meeting, our region hosted a FEMA program, AWR-232, Mass Fatalities Planning and Response for Rural Communities.  This workshop was arranged by our regional public health partners as a follow-up activity to this past spring’s well attended Mass Fatality Symposium.  Sixty participants spent a full day listening to seasoned instructor, Arbie Goings, who traveled to Michigan to present the program.  Mr. Goings’ experience spans responses to several mass fatality incidents, including hurricanes, (Katrina and Gustav among them) the Haiti earthquake, and a plane crash.  We will return to our normal 5th District meeting schedule on December 13, 2016 at 08:30am and will be doing a modified Training and Education Planning Workshop for Region 5.  Thank you to those from Region 5 that spent the day learning about the various components of response to Mass Fatality events!

Great Participation In Child Disaster Services Volunteer Workshop in Kalamazoo

Nearly 40 participants attended an overnight workshop on September 30-October 1, 2016 to be trained to respond to assist children during disasters. Sponsored by 5dmrc in conjunction with outstanding trainers Kathy Howell and Katie Nees from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) with support from Bronson Child Life Specialist, Kristy Woodwyk, everyone gained insight as to what their role would be if deployed to set up support for children after a disaster. Many thanks to the Red Cross for providing cots to sleep on and to the “old” and new 5th District partners that attended!!

Happy Zombies???

Not!! Standardized Patients from Western Michigan University School of Medicine; Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and other community members spent a portion of a day this week serving as mock patients in a mass casualty incident simulation as a component of Advanced Disaster Life Support training for Emergency Medicine Residents preparing for EMS field response. Kudos to these fabulous actors for their contribution to this excellent training.

Simulated trauma victims help Residents learn how to address mass casualty situations

Simulated trauma victims help Residents learn how to address mass casualty situations

Regional Partners Busy During the Summer

MedicalThroughout the summer, 5th District partners support numerous events by providing medical services and injury/illness prevention activities.  Region 5 equipment is also deployed to many events throughout the summer.  Seen here at the B-93 Birthday Bash are a Borgess Medical Center medical team along with Western Michigan University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine physicians who provided aid to tens of thousands (!) of spectators at the event.  Also deployed was the Region’s Rehab vehicle, which provided cooling and support for public safety personnel that also worked at the busy venue.  This is just the beginning of a busy summer ahead!

Response: Local to National

April MtgAt the April Coalition Meeting, members heard presentations on response from a local and national perspective. Borgess Medical Center’s Administrative Director of Patient Placement, Julie Maleitzke, presented on a power outage that occurred at the hospital in February of this year. Julie described the activation of incident command, how the facility managed patient care in the dark through the use of flashlights and headlamps and lessons learned from the incident. To add a National level point of view, Ed Holcomb of the Red Cross presented on his experiences responding to the aftermath of a number of tornadoes that swept through Alabama and several other southern states. Ed commented on the national efforts of the Red Cross and other national entities, such as FEMA, that responded to help with recovery efforts. Both great examples of why preparedness and planning are so important!

Services We Provide

The 5th District MRC is dedicated to not only our coalition members, but the citizens we all serve as well. We accomplish this with educational opportunities for our members and their constituents, as well as grant funding for preparedness efforts. Register now for upcoming courses sponsored by the district via our registration page.

Upcoming Projects

Advanced Disaster Life Support is now in full swing! Please contact our NDLS Page for more information regarding upcoming courses. Current course offerings can be found on the registration page of our website.

More About 5th District

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