AmeriCorps VISTA member, Constance Howard, serving with the Yavapai County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), had the opportunity to participate in the Yavapai County Public Health Emergency Response protocol during the Gladiator Fire, which affected the Crown King community and as of June 13, 2012 was completely contained. Constance assisted in the alerting/recruitment of 4 Registered Nurses to help at the American Red Cross (ARC) shelter as on-call night shift attendants and 12 non-medical MRC volunteers with phone bank experience in case the need for urgent status updates and donations arose. Constance says, "this was my first experience in a local emergency response situation. It was amazing to see how quickly and efficiently county services came together and the eagerness of volunteers to help the families affected by the fire."
The ARC shelter assisted a small number of families and a few animals, through services provided by the Animal Disaster Services, during the weeks of the Gladiator Fire. MRC volunteers are trained to assist the ARC shelters and are put on alert/stand-by to help out with various response requests during large scale emergencies.