Amazing Dog Rescue

On April 19, 2014, Westfield Fire Department, Aldine Fire Department, Eastex Fire Department, Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) and Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential fire. Firefighters rescued several dogs from the fire and HCEC medics delivered oxygen. 15 dogs were saved from…

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HCEC Gives Back to the Community

HOUSTON, February 24, 2014 – Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) recently presented a $2,000 check to The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization. HCEC staff members created and sold t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness to raise these funds. Each year, HCEC goes pink for breast cancer…

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Stay Safe and Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Stay Safe and Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  When cooler temperatures hit closer to home, medics at Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) have a heightened awareness of the potential for patients with carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide poisoning mimics other illnesses and can sometimes be difficult…

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Breathing Better with COPD

HOUSTON, November 25, 2013 – COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is the most common long-term lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. COPD refers to both chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and the symptoms include persistent cough with mucus and shortness of…

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Choke no more: the Heimlich Maneuver saves lives

HOUSTON, November 14, 2013 – It’s no doubt that the Heimlich Maneuver saves lives – it has saved Cher, Former President Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor and Goldie Hawn from choking to death. The Heimlich Maneuver is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person’s…

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Photos as Protected Health Information

Most people do not realize how much data a photograph from a smart phone carries. Even if the patient’s face is not pictured, a photo usually has a time stamp when it was taken and geo tagging revealing exactly where it was taken. Those two…

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2012 Texas EMS Conference

HCEC recently attended the Texas EMS Conference in Austin, Texas.  HCEC highlighted its staff, Communications Center capabilities, response vehicles, state of the art equipment, advanced medical guidelines and an EMS retention survey.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Breast Cancer Survival Story – One Of Our Own

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 2.6 million US women with a history of breast cancer were alive in January 2008, more than half of whom were diagnosed less than 10 years earlier. HCEC is no exception to these staggering statistics.  One of our…

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