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State seeks medical volunteers

Brief by Central Staff

Volunteering – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

If you have medical training and are willing to volunteer to help in emergencies or disasters, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment would like to hear from you.

The idea is to establish a statewide registry for qualified volunteers, so that they can be called in when a disaster or emergency — anything from a blizzard to an airplane crash — overwhelms local resources.

According to the Health Department, volunteers might “help operate emergency clinics, triage patients, assist first responders, and improve surge capacity at hospitals.” Also, a source of trained volunteers might “prevent large numbers of untrained and unequipped volunteers from responding to a disaster site and adding to the confusion.”

If you’re interested, contact the department at 888-260-6330 or