HCC Northeast recognized by HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response

By NE Public Relations

Jun 12, 2014

Houston Community College Northeast recently served as the host location for the HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response training program. HOPE AACR is a non-profit crisis response organization with specially trained handlers and canines that provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters that range from hurricanes and fires to shooting incidents.

Twenty-five teams of canines and handlers participated in crisis scenarios using HCC Public Safety facilities to test their performance in high stress situations during disasters as a part of their qualification and training. Select teams participated in training workshops and presentations designed to prepare them for crisis response work.

HOPE AACR was very impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities at the Public Safety Institute and recognized Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher and Northeast College for the partnership by presenting her with a plaque. “Thanks so much for this honor. We are pleased to partner with you and look forward to our continued partnership in the future,” says Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher, president of HCC Northeast.

HOPE AACR reports that scientific evidence has shown that animals are a positive factor in helping people cope with traumatic events and the AACR teams are instrumental in providing support during stressful environments. As the nation approaches hurricane season and experience other tragic events, impacted communities may benefit from the service provided by highly trained HOPE AACR teams. The Northeast College and HCC Public Safety Institute is proud to have played a key role in helping the HOPE AACR teams achieve success.

The Public Safety Institute is located at the Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive 77013. For more information on the fire technology, emergency medical services and law enforcement program, call 713.718.8300 or visit northeast.hccs.edu. Summer II classes begin July 7.

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