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Welcome to the

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.

ESDs Deserve ARPA Funds!

The Federal Government has sent $15.8 billion to the State of Texas as part of the American Rescue Plan Act funding passed by Congress in March.

Cities and Counties got their own ARPA funds. Emergency Services Districts have not received any funding, even though they were on the front lines in responding to COVID and the 2021 Winter Storm. SAFE-D is urging the Legislature to set aside funds for ESDs. We need more data to make our case. We asks that ESD representatives complete these surveys.

Click here for a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on your ESD

Click here for a survey on the support your ESD has received from your county.


Click here for a PDF of John's Carlton's presentation: "WE NEED DATA!"

SAFE-D On-Demand Training

SAFE-D has expanded on-demand training. These courses offer ESD Commissioners a chance to earn certified training credit on their own schedule. You can select when and where you want to access recordings. These courses will be available through Sept. 30.

Click here to select your SAFE-D On-Demand Training.

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.

Legislative Support

Government Capital Corp. supports SAFE-D efforts at the Capitol.

Ed King, Kevin Lerner and Landon Newton of Government Capital Corp. present a check for $10,000 to SAFE-D Board Pres. Mark Jack and Legislative Counsel John Carlton in support of SAFE-D's representation of emergency services districts before the Texas Legislature. King, noting ESDs' increasing activity and sophistication, praised SAFE-D for its work on laws to help ESDs provide enhanced protection for about 10 million Texans.



Make plans to attend SAFE-D's 2022 Annual Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Round Rock (just north of Austin). That's scheduled Feb. 17-19, 2022

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


Want to know about ESDs?

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

Click here.

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

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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ESD Reports

Emergency Services District reports are due to the Texas Division of Emergency Management by Jan. 1, 2021. To file your report, go to the TDEM website:

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