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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 8 million Texans.

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


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.

Save the dates:

Sept. 16-18, 2021

SAFE-D offers an exclusive review of the 87th Legislature, along with the training you need to improve your ESD operations at its Fall Event Sept. 16-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Watch for registration to open June 1.

The Fall Event will be a perfect lead-in to the 2022 Annual Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Round Rock (just north of Austin). That's scheduled Feb. 17-19, 2022.

Click here for the 19th Annual Conference Official Program.

SAFE-D Platform

After work by its Legislative Task Force, SAFE-D has developed
this legislative agenda for the 87th Session.

The 87th Legislature begins
Jan. 12, 2021


Join SAFE-D and NAEFO at 10:30 a.m. CDT Saturday, May 22. In this Part II of our webcasts, Cole Karr, Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the National Special Districts Coalition, sheds light on recently announced guidelines that may open the The American Rescue Plan act pursestrings for Texas ESDs and other districts.

The ARP Act passed in March creates opportunities for special districts, such as Texas Emergency Services Districts, to receive funds to offset the impact of the international pandemic. Districts will need to follow the guidelines issued for distribution of billions of federal dollars. Here's a link to the Treasury Department's May 10 announcement.

Registration is only $20 for a SAFE-D or NAEFO member; $45 for nonmembers. We have requested Texas A&M's V.G. Young Institute of County Government to certify this training for one (1) hour of Texas ESD Commissioner Training Credit. To receive ESD Commissioner Training Credit, Texas attendees must purchase the training certificate ($5).


Texas State Association
of Fire and Emergency Districts

National Association of Fire
and Emergency Officials

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.

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.

Learn More

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:

Thanks to these generous sponsors of SAFE-D's 19th Annual Conference