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NORTH CHANNEL CHAMBER EVENTS: Chamber hears of SETRAC Emergency Organization

DARRELL PILE
DARRELL PILE

JACINTO CITY – The CEO of SETRAC, the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, was the featured speaker at this month’s Chamber luncheon, held at the Jacinto City Town Center last Friday, August 5.

After an introduction by JC City Manager Lon Squyres, who is on the board of SETRAC, Mr. Pile explained to the audience the purpose and work of his organization. Pile is previously a healthcare administrator for the last 25 years. He also was the board chairman of the Northwest Houston Area Chamber.

Pile explained that SETRAC is a nonprofit coalition that unites area first responders, physicians, hospitals and healthcare leaders. The organization coordinates emergency medical response planning and establishes life-saving protocols in a nine-county region. The region includes over one hundred hospitals and over sixty 9-1-1 EMS agencies. The initiatives are funded through the Department of State Health Services, and encompass pre-hospital emergency services, trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, perinatal care, and disaster preparedness and response.

In a disaster the agency runs a CMOC, or Catastrophic Medical Operations Center. It can allocate and direct assets such as mass evacuation buses, communication trucks, morgue trucks, tents, ambulances from other counties, and needed emergency equipment.

Some typical trauma events are falls, and vehicle accidents. A current concern is a possible epidemic of the ZIKA virus. SETRAC is one of a series of national Regional Advisory Councils established by the federal government.

In other Chamber news, current board chairwoman Lucia Bates reminded everyone of the Casino Night to be held this Friday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Jacinto City Town Center. The event benefits the North Channel Area Foundation. Individual tickets are $75 and Corporate Sponsorships start at $600.

Games include poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps. So throw the dice and have some fun! Call the office at 713-450-3600 to reserve your spot.