Medically trained volunteers along the Boston Marathon route have been provided by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts for decades, and after the events of 2013, the American Red Cross is committed to having 400 medically-trained volunteers staffing 22 medical stations along the course.
With intense recruiting efforts from the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, volunteers came early to support the 118th running of B.A.A. Boston Marathon. There is a 65 percent increase in the number of volunteers signed up to help this year, with people coming in from all over Massachusetts. The standard for a volunteer this year is higher than in previous years, with volunteer staff being required to hold, at minimum, certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. All Red Cross medical aid stations will have massage therapists and athletic trainers as well.
Disaster Mental Health volunteers will play a special role in this year’s events. Dozens of Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers supported 78 vigils in 2013 in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing. This year, a mental health volunteer will be placed at every medical aid station along the course and have a presence at memorials to 2013’s victims.
We are committed to supporting the Boston Athletic Association, the fans of the race and our region. We’ll be there to finish the race, Boston Strong.