STRAC Survey – Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

a EMS agencies in the STRAC region are encouraged to fill out the survey related to potential Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The following message is from Bexar County. Dear Prospective Participant, We write to you today on behalf of the community of Bexar County, asking for your help in completing a survey that will give our […]

Covid-related Workers’ Comp Claims Affect First Responders

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’s Compensation (TDI-DWC) released data related to Texas Workers’ Comp claims and Covid-19. The November 10, 2020, report found: As of September 27, 2020, insurance carriers reported more than 25,000 COVID-19 claims and 100 fatalities to DWC. Most of these claims and fatalities involve first responders and […]

Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative

a To access the electronic Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative site recruitment packet, please use the following link: For additional information and questions by interested facilities, please visit the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative website or email

DSHS Launches the EMS Peer Referral Program

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the launch of the Texas EMS Peer Referral Program on April 1, 2020. The program is available for anyone in the EMS field who is struggling with substance abuse issues. Click here to learn more.

Texas DSHS Trauma & Stroke Stakeholder Meetings

The Department of State Health Services will be holding stakeholder meetings in Austin to discuss rule revisions pertaining to Texas Administrative Code §157.125 Requirements for Trauma Facility Designation and §157.133 Requirements for Stroke Facility Designation. Stroke Rules Stakeholder Meeting: Monday, August 19, 2019; 10 AM – 4 PM HHSC – CO2 (DSHS, DHB) Room 164 […]

Emergency Health Care Runs for FY 2019 EMS Funding

The Office of EMS/Trauma Systems is asking EMS Providers to submit an affidavit to attest that a good faith effort was made to submit calendar year (CY) 2017 data to the Texas EMS/Trauma Registry and reconcile potential discrepancies between emergency healthcare runs recorded by individual EMS providers during CY17 and the number of emergency healthcare […]

Potential Eligible EMS Providers for Funding – DSHS

From the Texas Department of State Health Services: The provider eligibility lists have been updated. Visit for details. The Office of EMS/Trauma Systems (OEMS/TS) is updating the list of potential eligible emergency medical service (EMS) providers for the FY 19 EMS Allotment/Allocation (also referred as EMS/County fund). Funds are distributed through your Regional Advisory Council […]

New Texas Workgroup on Mental Health Seeks Information

The state’s Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders is asking EMS agencies to complete a survey by July 4. The workgroup, which was created by the 2017 Texas Legislature, features three TEMSA members. Click here to access the survey. Your input is important and will help guide the workgroup’s direction.