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Hall of Honor applications due August 31
Deadline for applications to the DSHS Hall of Honor, which lists those who died in the line of duty, is August 31. Applications received by this date will be reviewed for inclusion in the Hall of Honor ceremony at Texas EMS Conference in November. The requirements for inclusion and a link to the application are at http://dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/emshon.shtm.
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor application due July 31
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is awarded, by the President or Vice President of the United States, to a public safety officer who has exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

For the purpose of this award, a public safety officer is defined as a person serving a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency services officer. The term "law enforcement officer" includes a person who is a corrections or court officer or a civil defense officer.

For complete information and application go to https://www.bja.gov/programs/medalofvalor/index.html. The application period is open now through July 31.
Collin College opens new training facility
Collin College has a new addition: a three-story, 125,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility to respond to the increasing demand for quality-trained professionals in the healthcare field.

The Cary A. Israel Health Science Center opened in January at Collin College's Central Park Campus in McKinney. In addition to classrooms and labs for nursing, respiratory, surgical and emergency care education, the Cary A. Israel Health Sciences Center will feature high-fidelity medical simulation training equipment (some of which are CAE Healthcare patient manikins). Students will be able to realistically practice their patient care skills before encountering actual cases. In this way, students can expect to gain confidence through experiential training within a low-stress, no-risk learning environment—one that facilitates knowledge retention, clinical skills acquisition, and procedural comprehension. Since offering its first classes in 1985, Collin College has grown to serve more than 50,000 credit and continuing education students every year. For more info and photos, go to http://caehealthcare.com/eng/blog/collin-college-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-healthcare-simulation.
NHTSA offers data, research online
Looking for traffic data about crashes, kids, teens, large trucks, motorcycles … the list goes on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes information online going back more than 20 years. To use this great resource, go to http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/CATS/listpublications.aspx?Id=A&ShowBy=DocType.
Texas DSHS News
DSHS website returns! – Be sure to save the new web address

After an absence to do maintenance, the Department of State Health Services website is back up – and with a new address! The old address will redirect for a time, but you might want to bookmark the new one: http://dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems. The layout of the website and location of items remains the same.

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