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State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts

SAFE-D is the only organization dedicated to helping the men and women of Texas Emergency Services Districts
provide fire protection and emergency medical services to more than 10 million Texans.

Sign Up for SAFE-D Legislative Updates

Sign up for SAFE-D legislative updates by filing out this quick form to join the email list.

Special Legislative Panel Calls for More Money for VFDs

The special House Committee investigating the massive Panhandle wildfire this year has issued its report, calling for more 2604 funds and better coordination between local firefighters and state assets.
Read the report in SAFE-D's Member Center. Log in under the Member Tab above.

Report: ESDs do more than municipalities for less taxpayer money

In a September 2022 report, noted economist Dr. Ray Perryman finds that ESDs provide emergency services for dramatically less than municipalities -- at one-third to one-half the costs.

Read the report here!

FAQs About ESDs

Learn more about ESDs - grassroots governments that provide fire protection or emergency medical services at a fraction of the costs of municipal fire departments.

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Want to know about ESDs?

If you have questions about Texas ESDs or would like some general information, let SAFE-D know!

Click here.

Want to advertise in the SAFE-D Pen?

The SAFE-D Pen is the official newsletter of the State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts and is mailed out to members.

Click here for more information.

SAFE-D Video: How to Create an ESD

More areas across Texas are considering creating an emergency services district to provide reliable funding for fire protection or emergency medical services.

SAFE-D has created a short, free video with steps required to create an ESD.

SAFE-D encourages residents who are considering an ESD to consult with an attorney experienced in local government matters to assist in the process.

We welcome your questions at

ESD Tax Rate Setting Hub

SAFE-D has created a page with resources for ESDs looking for guidance in setting their Ad Valorem Tax Rate. Go HERE to find a recording of the recent ESD Tax Rate Process webcast, links to Comptroller forms, rate setting timelines, and more.

As always, be sure to check with your own counsel should you have the need for legal advice

Nominations Open: Texas Fire Service Hall of Honor Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award recognizes individuals from the fire service with outstanding commitment and contributions to the Texas Fire Service. All donations will be to TEEX for the support of the Texas Fire Service Hall of Honor.

Nominations are due August 2, 2024. GO HERE for more information.

ESD Websites

Senate Bill 2, passed in 2019, requires Texas ESDs to maintain websites and specifies information that must be available to the public. Here's a link to statutory requirements for local government websites, including ESDs.

Here is a link to Texas ESD websites.

To have your ESD's website added to this list, email

Notice of Funding Opportunity: FEMA Post Fire Fiscal Year 2024 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

The open application period for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - FY2024 Post Fire is now open and will end on November 1, 2024.

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)-Post Fire assistance helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is HERE and will be available at in Current Funding Opportunities.

Contact your TDEM Regional Hazard Mitigation Section Chief coordinator early to assist with preparing a quality application or for any questions related to this opportunity

File State-Required ESD Report

State law (Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 775.083) requires Emergency Services Districts to file a report with the Texas Division of Emergency Management by January 1 of each year.

Through an agreement with TDEM, you can file your ESD's January 1, 2024 report through SAFE-D.

USE THIS LINK TO FILE YOUR ESD's 2024 REPORT or cut and paste this into your browser:

SB8 EMS Personnel Scholarships

The Texas Legislature has set aside funds to educate and train EMS personnel. Scholarships are available based on documented need, with special attention given to rural and underserved areas within the state. Courses can be in-person, online, or hybrid.

Go HERE to find out more

SAFE-D unveils 2024 On-Demand Training

SAFE-D has won approval for on-demand courses, available throughout 2024.  These affordable trainings allow ESD commissioners to earn required training hours on their own schedules. Click here to see a list of available courses and links to register.

TEEX Training for First Responders

Emergency Medical Responder Blended

Complete the self-paced online learning portion now through early July. Then attend in person for skills instruction and testing during Annual School either July 7-12 or July 14-19. Learn more and register HERE.

Emergency Medical Technician Program

The TEEX EMT Program is based on the National Standard Curriculum core competencies and meets or exceeds minimum hours and content established by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The 9 week EMT program includes 200 hours of classroom lecture and hand-on skills lab portion, 48 hours of clinical internship and 72 hours of field internship. Participants successfully completing the EMT program will receive a TEEX Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take for the National Registry Cognitive exam.

The class begins September 3rd, 2024. Learn more and register HERE.

The 95th Texas Municipal Fire School - July 7-12, 2024 - TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field - College Station, TX

Details and Registration HERE.

Thanks for Attending SAFE-D's 2024 Annual Conference

Go HERE for the Official Conference Program

Save the Date for SAFE-D's 23rd Annual Conference, Feb. 6-8, 2025, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Round Rock, Texas. We hope to see you there!


NEW: Winter Newsletter Available

An electronic version of the SAFE-D Members-Only Newsletter for Winter 2023 (above) is available in the Member Center.

Video Library

Access recordings of SAFE-D webcasts by clicking to

Coming Soon: This content will only be available to members through the soon-to-be-released Member Center.

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