City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Fire Department, Emergency Preparedness Division recognized for partnership with Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City

This week the City of Independence Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Division received national recognition for its partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City (MRCKC). The Medical Reserve Corps selected this partnership for the Outstanding MRC Sponsoring Organization Award.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with MRCKC and could not provide the regional response our region needs without them,” Independence Fire Chief Doug Short said. “It is even more fitting that we received notice of this award during volunteer appreciation week. These volunteers are incredibly dedicated providing hours of service at testing and vaccine sites over the last year. From retired nurses, to employees using volunteer days – this partnership has helped us fill a medical care gap in our area.”

The Outstanding MRC Sponsoring Organization Award honors MRC Sponsoring Organizations that have served as an exemplary host agency to their MRC and have successfully supported and helped integrate the MRC into their local community's public health, preparedness, and response infrastructure. You can read the full overview of the recognition and other awards here, http://bit.ly/mrcawards2021.

The MRCKC also received several honorable mentions including:

  • Curt Robinson, MRC of Greater Kansas City (MO) - Outstanding Preparedness and Resilience Volunteer
  • Mike Smith, MRC of Greater Kansas City (MO) - Outstanding Preparedness and Resilience Volunteer
  • MRC of Greater Kansas City (MO) – Innovator
  • Pam McConnell, MRC of Greater Kansas City (MO) - Outstanding Preparedness and Resilience Volunteer
  • Rev. Kelly Isola, MRC of Greater Kansas City (MO) - Outstanding MRC Responder
  • University of Missouri Kansas City, School of Pharmacy (MO) - Outstanding MRC Partner

In March of 2020, this program had fewer than 20 volunteers and in the last year it has grown to more than 1,500 volunteers serving a vital role in the COVID-19 response. Anyone interested in participating in MRCKC as a volunteer can sign-up at mrckc.org.