Welcome to HCESD 7
The Harris County Emergency Services District No. 7 was created by popular vote on May 10, 1997. The successor to the Rural Fire Prevention District No. 1, Harris County ESD No. 7 is home to an estimated population of 126,742 people, living in 40,250 homes, as of the end of 2014. Both the population and number of homes are expected to grow with the development of the Exxon/Mobil project to an estimated population of 147,479 by the year 2020.
Emergency Services Districts (ESDs) are authorized by the Texas Constitution, Article 3, Section 48-e, and Chapter 775 of the Texas Health & Safety Code. ESDs are political subdivisions of the State of Texas. They may support or provide local emergency services, including emergency medical services, emergency ambulance services, rural fire prevention and control services, and other emergency services authorized by the Texas Legislature. ESDs may collect a sales and use tax and/or property taxes to support or provide these services.
While ESD tax revenues may be used to hire full-time emergency personnel, ESD 7 contracts with the Spring Volunteer Fire Department/Association and provides a stable funding source for the SVFD/A. This funding means that the Department may focus its time on the provision of emergency services and training rather than fund-raising. Through this funding, the SVFD has been able to reduce its response time.
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 7 is governed by an elected board of five commissioners. The commissioners are dedicated to the fiscal stewardship of taxpayer dollars in supporting the brave men and women who volunteer their time in service to the Spring community. Harris County Emergency Services District No. 7 meets on the third Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Spring Fire Department Administration Building, located at 656 E. Louetta, Spring, Texas. The public is invited to these open meetings.