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The Erie County Medical Reserve Corps (ECMRC) is Erie County, New York's volunteer public health emergency response organization. ECMRC is sponsored by the Erie County Department of Health. ECMRC operates under standing operating guidelines approved by the Commissioners of Health and Emergency Services, and is designated as a Volunteer Emergency Response Organization under NY State law.

ECMRC is a regional asset and may be deployed to assist as a critical disaster resource. As such, ECMRC is building capacity in many areas of public health emergency response, as well as public health education and literacy. ECMRC is part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities.

Our local volunteers encompass a variety of backgrounds, both medical and non-medical. Each of our volunteers shares a willingness to share their time, talents, and passion for making Western New York a safer and healthier place to live.

ECMRC volunteers have been deployed to assist with emergency response both locally and throughout New York State. Our volunteers support Western New York by assisting with emergency shelter operations, providing support for local health initiatives such as rabies clinics, CPR and First Aid training, Stop the Bleed classes, providing moulage for local emergency responder exercises, acting as actors in local response exercises, staffing respite/First Aid centers at large local events, as well as other public programs and outreach.

For more information about the Erie County Medical Reserve Corps or any of our community programs, please call the Erie County Department of Health Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at 716-858-7101 or send an email to