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Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Supporting the City's first responders during public health emergencies and selected community events.


The Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of more than 2,500 volunteers who serve the City during public health emergencies and large-scale events. This unit is part of the national MRC program, which is run through the Office of the Surgeon General.

The Department of Public Health trains the Philadelphia MRC and coordinates its response in times of need. Volunteers may be deployed during major emergencies, such as natural disasters, as well as events like political rallies and marathon races. All volunteers must participate in at least one training, exercise, or deployment per year.

Members may also choose to support communities in need in other areas of the state or country, as many did during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

By volunteering for the Philadelphia MRC, you can contribute to a healthier, more resilient Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps
1101 Market St., 12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Process and eligibility

Anyone over 18 years old may apply to join online. After attending an orientation session, volunteers will be invited to optional trainings and contacted for deployment.

Campus response teams and other student groups can also join as sub-groups of the Philadelphia MRC.