Emergency services districts (ESDs) are political subdivisions of the State of Texas, like a school district or a county. As Texas outgrows the abilities of cities and rural volunteer fire departments, ESDs are on the cutting edge of providing fire protection and emergency medical response to large portions of the state. Since 1990, the State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts has been the only association dedicated to bringing these local governments together so they can work smarter and work better for Texans.
The V.G. Young Institute of County Government, together with the Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts to offer online courses to support SAFE-D’s mission to make Texans safer by supporting the men and women of emergency services districts in the state.
Faculty and staff of the Institute work with the State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts to make available relevant and effective online courses. The Institute also serves as the educational sponsor of Association trainings and workshops throughout the year.