Emergency Services Districts (ESD’s) are political subdivisions of the State of Texas, which may support or provide local emergency services, including emergency medical services, emergency ambulance services, rural fire prevention and control services, and other emergency services authorized by the Texas Legislature. ESD's may impose a sales and use tax and/or property tax to support or provide these services. In addition to other powers, an ESD may also own real or personal property, enter into contracts, employs officer, agents, and employees, accept donations, adopt and enforce a fire code, and provide a fire marshal.
ESD tax revenues may be used to purchase new equipment and facilities, contract with volunteer fire and emergency medical services departments as well as contract with other entities that have full-time fire and emergency medical departments or hire full-time emergency personnel. More importantly for some areas, an equitable and consistent flow of tax revenues dedicated solely to emergency services, mean more time to focus on training and the provision of emergency services rather than fund-raising and other activities for volunteer fire and emergency medical services organizations. Through these powers and stable funding, established ESD's have considerably reduced fire and medical response times, provided stable funding for volunteer and other fire and EMS departments, and allowed local entities to provide enhanced services - thus saving lives, property, and funds for local citizens.
The improvements to fire protection made available through establishment of an ESD may result in a better Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating within the ESD service area, and lower insurance premiums for businesses and homeowners. The result is fair, evenly-shared support from all the citizens who get fire and emergency medical from their local emergency services organization or the ESD itself.
President: Donna Tillman
Vice President: Charlie Stockstill
Secretary: Tim Lewelling
Treasurer: Deb Wallace
Assistant Treasurer: Ralph Loran
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 6