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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Common Questions

 
Emergency Services Districts (ESD) are political subdivisions of Texas that are entrusted with providing emergency medical and fire services to many unincorporated areas of the state. Because emergency services districts are political subdivisions of the State of Texas, they are required to comply with all of the open government laws in addition to the health codes and regulations of emergency services providers. An ESD is governed by a board of commissioners who are appointed by the County Commissioner of that district for two year staggered terms. All members must own real property or be a registered voter in the district where they serve.
Our volunteers come from many backgrounds. Some have firefighting experience but many do not. Our cadet academy, which includes an EMT-B certification program, is free to those who are voted in as volunteers by our Board of Directors. Our cadet academy is certified through the State Firemens and Fire Marshals Association of Texas (SFFMA) and cadets receive the certification of Firefighter I and II which is equivalent to the TCFP Basic certification.
We get our funding through the Travis County Emergencies Service District #5, the political subdivision who has contracted with us to provide fire suppression and emergency first response to the district. TCESD #5 collects property tax and sales tax revenue from residents/businesses in the service area.
Donations that we receive from individuals and businesses are placed in our non-tax account. We use those funds to cover expenses that are not covered through tax revenue from the ESD. These are non-budgeted expenses that include: scholarships, some supplies, and special projects. The Board of Directors approves all purchases made out of this account.
Yes! Our first responder volunteers are required to be certified as Emergency Medical Technician Basics (the same requirement as any paid first responder). They are also certified as Firefighter I and II by the State Firemens and Fire Marshals Association of Texas (SFFMA). This certification is equal to the Firefighter Basic certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). SFFMA provides recognized certifications for volunteers in the State of Texas. TCFP provides certifications for paid firefighters in the State of Texas. Texas is only one of a few states that regulates its firefighters and first responders.
Our fleet is comprised of two water tenders (TN501 is a 3000 gal apparatus and TN503 is a 2000 gal apparatus). These two apparatus enable us to transport at least 5000 gallons of water to the fireground. This is in addition to the water that our fire engines carry. We can support an on-going fire suppression operation in areas that do not have hydrants by dropping portable dump tanks on the ground. The tenders then unload their water into the tanks which frees them to go and refill at nearby hydrants. In smaller operations, the tenders can feed (nurse) the engines directly.
Yes, absolutely. Associate members are members who would like to serve in a role other than first responder. Associate members can serve as photographers, help with landscaping, web design, or any other talent that you have and want to help the fire department with. Associate members are required to attend a certain number of our business meetings throughout the year. Associate members who remain active and attend the required meetings are allowed to vote in our Board elections. If you are interested in becoming an Associate member, please download our application from the Join Us page on our website. Use Adobe Reader to open the pdf application and fill it out. Choose the Associate Member membership type from the drop down menu on the application and follow the instructions for submittal.