Welcome to Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 1
What is an ESD?
An Emergency Services District (ESD) is a grassroots government created by voters in an area to fund fire protection, emergency medical services, or both. More than 300 districts are operating in Texas, and more are added at almost every uniform election date.
The Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 1 (the District), a political subdivision, was created on January 25, 2001 under Chapter 77 5 of the Health and Safety Code to facilitate the application of emergency services including fire protection, fire prevention and rescue and emergency services to the residents of the District. The basic operations of the District are funded through tax levies assessed on members of the District.
On November 11, 2015, the District (“FBESD 1”) entered into an agreement with Harris County Emergency Services District #48 (“HCESD 48”) for HCESD 48 to provide emergency medical services (“EMS”) and first responder and emergency rescue services (collectively “emergency services”) to residents and commercial interests within the geographical area of the FBESD 1. The original term of this agreement was from November 11, 2015 through December 31, 2016 and allowed for two successive annual renewals. This agreement may be terminated prior to the original or extended dates by written mutual consent of the parties. Each year this agreement is subject to the annual review of HCESD 48’s budget. During the year the District expends money to reimburse HCESD 48 for services covered under the terms of this agreement. On November 14, 2018, FBESD 1 and HCESD 48 signed a new two year agreement for the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020, under similar terms.
The District is governed by a Board of District Commissioners consisting of five (5) appointed members, who manage and supervise all affairs of the District. Each District Commissioner is appointed to serve a staggered two (2) year term. The District’s current members are as follows:
Hank Wenzler, President, Appointed
Gayle “Pat” Hawkins, Vice-President, Appointed
Mark “Skip” Hutnek, Treasurer, Appointed
Dean “Dino” McBride, Secretary, Appointed
Paul Lambert, Asst. Secretary/Treasurer, Appointed