Archive for March 2017

Photo: Region 3 HMCC Participates in Emergency Preparedness Talk in Chelmsford

Along with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management and Medical Reserve Corps, Jonathan Brickett from Region 3 HMCC gave an emergency preparedness presentation to Chelmsford residents at the Chelmsford Public Library from 7-9 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Chelmsford Public Library.

Left to right: Selectman Pat Wojtas, DPH Health Volunteer Program Coordinator Liz Foley, Upper Merrimack Valley MRC Coordinator Nancy Burns and Jonathan Brickett.


Photos: HMCC Region 3 Public Health Emergency Seminar

As part of the Regional Project for Local Public Health in Region 3, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Events (CBRNE) Seminar was held on Wednesday, March 1 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. More than 75 people attended the event which was developed by the Region 3 Planners, Sheryl Knustsen, Neia Illingsworth and Elizabeth Peak Louge, as well as three presenters, HMCC Program Manager Mark Munroe, HMCC Program Coordinator Jonathan Brickett and Amesbury Assistant Fire Chief David Mather.

HMCC Program Manager Mark Munroe would like to recognize and thank all those involved for their hard work in developing a professional CBRNE Seminar. Without their hard work and dedication, the program would not have been the success it was.
Mark would also like to recognize and thank HMCC BOG member Assistant Chief David Mather for teaching the class. His expert knowledge was the key to making the program understandable and interesting.

HMCC Region 3 Quarterly Newsletter – March 7, 2017

HMCC Region 3

Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1 – March 7, 2017


Region 3 HMCC hosted DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness training “Personal Protective Equipment Train the Trainer” on Feb. 14 and 15.

  • The Region 3 HMCC announced the approval of the much anticipated 24-7 duty officer plan.
  • Region 3 announces the quarterly general meeting to be held on March 14.
  • Region 3 hospitals will conduct mass casualty drills in April.
  • The EOC committee has begun creating an emergency operations plan to aid its 49 cities and towns, along with the 13 hospitals, in times of regional or statewide emergencies.

Shelter Supplies Delivered to Lowell Health Department

Collaboration was the word of the day on February 28 as members of the HMCC worked together to receive surplus shelter and medical supplies. Members of the HMCC staff including program manager Mark Munroe and coordinator Jon Brickett worked with Department of Public Health staff members Jim Richardson and Felicia Balbi to coordinate the effort. A call went out for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers who responded with personnel from three regional MRC units to off load 10 pallets of supplies. These supplies will be disseminated to organizations throughout the region.

The five disciplines that comprise the HMCC have all requested the surplus medical and shelter supplies. Munroe developed a process to get these much needed supplies and equipment to the entities. The program began last fall when the DPH coordinator was asked to develop a process to get surplus supplies to all six HMCC regions in the Commonwealth. Each region received five pallets of supplies and equipment which will become the property of the HMCC and its disciplines.

A special thanks to Kerin Vigroux, Health Director for the City of Lowell, for allowing the region to use her facility as a drop off point and staging area for the supplies. It is worth noting that this effort was accomplished with no funding and couldn’t have been completed without the partnerships that the HMCC has fostered.

Hospitals to Host Important Seminar

As part of their Region 3 joint project, the hospitals have decided to host a four hour seminar, “Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations.”

The seminar will be held on May 2 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and presentations will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served.

The event will feature guest speakers from New Jersey and Louisiana who will detail their hospital experiences as they dealt with Hurricane Sandy and the 100 Year Flood. They will discuss lessons learned and changes made to their emergency operations plan as they worked through their response efforts.

Registration will be limited to hospital personnel with a limited number of seats available to other disciplines.

Upcoming Events

HICS: Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities
Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
Baystate Health Systems Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040

How to Perform Respiratory Fit Testing
Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854

Seminar: Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations
Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 a.m.
Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane

Functional Exercise: Disease Surveillance/Medical Countermeasures Exercise
May 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Full Scale Exercise: Disease Surveillance/Medical Countermeasures
Friday, May 19

For more events and updates, visit the HMCC Events Calendar.

Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition

125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840

[email protected]

The Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) was formed in 2015 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Staff are funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s members comprise of five disciplines which include local health, hospitals, EMS, long term care, and community health centers.

Its mission is to advance the preparedness activities of 49 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts with a population of 1.2 million residents.


Region 3 HMCC Governing Body Update!

The Region 3 HMCC BOG held a vote at their quarterly meeting on Feb. 28 and have voted Karen Riley from LTC as the new Chairman and Bill Klag from Hospitals as the Vice Chair.

The Board also welcomed Brian LaGrasse and Frank Giacalone to the board as representatives for LPH. The Board would like to thank Wes Russel for all his time as Chairman and wish him the best of luck in his new position as Fire Chief in Tyngsboro!