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Acadian Employee Relief Fund
The unprecedented rainfall caused by Hurricane Harvey led to flooding and destruction of thousands of homes.  Many of these homes were in areas not prone to flooding and where residents felt confident that their property was not in danger.  As a result, many did not carry flood insurance.   

More than 70 members of our Acadian EMS family suffered substantial damage, or the total loss, of their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. In the majority of cases, these employees left their homes and reported to work as the storm was approaching.  They were needed to help others in distress and they answered the call. Working around the clock for many days, they returned to their homes and families only to find the devastating effects of the storm. 

We are working with our employees to help them meet their immediate needs and are continuing to develop other methods of support to help them through what will be a long and tedious recovery and rebuilding process.  However, due to the volume of damage caused, more is needed.  Many of our partners have asked how they can help the first responders. The ones who put their lives on the line to help others.  The ones who sacrificed their own personal comfort and safety to help others. 

To answer this call, we have opened an Acadian Employee Relief Fund. The fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Acadiana, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and will be collected and distributed to Acadian employees throughout Texas who have been affected. 

While Acadian continues to implement several support initiatives, we are asking that you help us by considering a donation to the fund and to help us in spreading the word by adding the link to the Community Foundation's "Acadian Emergency Relief Fund" page on your website and social media platforms.  Your support in publicizing this fund will help to raise awareness of this critical need. 

If you’d like to contribute, please visit www.AcadianGiving.com
or send a check payable to "Community Foundation of Acadiana" (please write "Acadian Ambulance Emergency Relief Fund" in the memo field on the check) and mail to Julie Greco, Acadian Companies, P.O. Box 98000, Lafayette, LA  70509. 

Thank you for your consideration and support. 
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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