Welcome to Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 5
Thank You For 15 Years of Support
Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 5 (“FBESD 5”) is celebrating its 15th anniversary as an ESD Board serving the Fort Bend County community. Since FBESD 5 was created in 2007, FBESD 5 has made significant improvements in its fire protection and emergency services including decreased response times; increased staffing; updated apparatuses and equipment; and improving ISO ratings to the citizens of FBESD 5. FBESD 5 contracts with Northeast Fort Bend County Fire Department (“Department”) to provide the fire protection and emergency services needs to the community. The Department is the only department in Fort Bend County with a dive team to assist with water search and rescues in conjunction with other local agencies. The Department has taken a more proactive approach to its health and cancer screening in its firefighters and with the recent purchase of a new ladder truck, the Department is now able to respond to multi-story residential and commercial fires without the assistance of neighboring departments. Both FBESD 5 and the Department would like to “Thank you”, our residents for your continued support and the opportunity to serve you, your families and businesses over the years. We will continue to be proactive and prepared for all future needs related to your fire protection and emergency services needs as our county and community continues to grow.
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. 5 (the District), a political subdivision, was created by the Commissioner’s Court of the County of Fort Bend on May 12, 2007, in accordance with Article III, Section 48-e, of the Texas Constitution. The District operates under Chapter 775 of the Health and Safety Code. The District was established to provide operating funds for the contracting of fire prevention and rescue services within the boundaries of the District.
The District has entered into a contract for providing fire protection and rescue services with the Northeast Fort Bend County Fire Department, Inc. (the “Department”). Under the terms of the contract, the Department agrees to provide fire protection and rescue services to all the residents and commercial interests in the service area. The Department has agreed to submit a budget indicating proposed operating, capital and debt expenditures at the District’s September meeting each year for the District’s review and approval. The District has agreed to provide periodic payments to the Department based on the approved budget. Ownership of all assets of the Department shall remain with the Department during the term of this contract. Responsibility for operating, maintaining, repairing and insuring any facilities by which fire protection and rescue services are provided belongs solely to the Department.
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:
Shazib Iqbal, President, Appointed
Ernie Carter, Vice-President, Appointed
John Godbee, Treasurer, Appointed
John Mukoro, Secretary, Appointed
Cynthia Ginyard, Asst. Secretary, Appointed