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Mark Jack
Parker County ESD No. 1

Vice President
James Kelly
Montgomery County ESD No. 8

Bob Janusaitis
Harris County ESD No. 9

Scott Morgan
Harris County ESD No. 29


Paula Barr
Travis County ESD No. 6

Jim Carter
Denton County ESD No. 1

Christopher Cavazos
Bexar County ESD No. 6

Paul Graf
Comal County ESD No. 4

Ruth Hime
Southwest Leon County ESD No. 2

Randy Melton
Smith County ESD No. 2

Thomas Nanninga
Williamson County ESD No. 2

Billy Ted Smith
Jasper County ESD No. 1

Cliff Avery
Executive Director (nonvoting)

Clay Avery
Asst. Executive Director (nonvoting)

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ABCs of ESDs
9 am-Noon Saturday, July 27 

Every election day sees more communities in Texas creating emergency services districts to assure reliable fire protection or emergency medical services.
Join SAFE-D for a special three-hour webcast designed for commissioners of newly created ESDs or for veteran commissioners who need a refresher course on the basic operation of emergency services districts. 
Access the streaming video of this information-packed session from your computer or mobile device. As always, you'll be able to text in, phone in or email in questions about the fundamentals of ESD operations.
Texas A&M's V.G. Young Institute of County Government has certified this training for 3 hours of ESD Commissioner Training Credit.
Cost is only $55 for representatives of member ESDs; $85/nonmembers.If you're a representative of an ESD created in the past year, contact SAFE-D at or 512-251-8101 for information on substantial discounts.   

"Laws Affecting ESDs"
Aug. 17 - Longview

Join SAFE-D and noted attorney Ken Campbell for a session on "Laws Affecting ESDs."* Yes, Chapter 775 of the Health and Safety Code is the essential guidebook for ESDs, but there are other statutes that affect how your ESD works for the citizens you serve.
*Including updates from the 86th Legislature! 
Come for full breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the intense, interactive program will begin at 9 a.m. Hurry! Space is limited. 

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17
Pinecrest Country Club
214 S Club Dr.
Longview, TX 75602

Cost is only $35/representative of SAFE-D Member ESD; $45 Nonmember
GET YOUR TRAINING HOURS! Texas A&M's V.G. Young Institute of County Government has certified this training for three (3) hours of ESD Commissioner training credit.

Just in time for wildfire season:

PBS explores scientists' effort to predict wildfire movement.

Happy 75th Birthday to Smokey the Bear

Click the image to see a 1950s film about how Smokey became Smokey
(featuring Hopalong Cassidy!)


SAFE-D 18th Annual Conference

ESD Commissioners from across Texas pack the Exhibit Hall at SAFE-D's 2019 Annual Conference in Frisco.

SAFE-D's ESD Handbook

The first update of the old Texas Dept. of Rural Affairs manual since 2011. It's an important reference book for everyone involved with ESDs. Download a PDF for FREE by clicking here.

SAFE-D Online Education Opportunity

Join ESDs around the state in timely, practical online education through SAFE-D, in partnership with the V.G. Young Institute of County Government.

Click here for information on how to enroll for the course.

Click here for the link to the course (IMPORTANT: be sure to read the above information page that explains how to enroll for the course)

Apply to Become a Certified Emergency Services Commissioner!

CESC Application