Meeting Notice regarding fire protection

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We will be having an in-district meeting in the neighborhood on May 1, 2018, at 6:30 PM. This meeting will include an introduction to the Mayor of the City of Katy, the Honorable Chuck Brawner, Chief Russell “Rusty” Wilson, who was recently named Fire Chief of the Year by the Texas Association of Fire Chiefs, along with other fire protection service officials, and they will discuss the services provided by City of Katy Fire Department. During this meeting, the District's directors will be in attendance to answer any questions that our residents may have. We would love to see as many residents as possible at this meeting. Following the in-district meeting, the District will hold a special meeting on May 4, 2018 and will review and consider final financial figures from the City of Katy. We encourage residents to also attend that meeting.

After considering available options for fire protection services following receipt of a notice of termination of fire protection services from ESD 4, the current provider, on March 27, 2017, the City of Katy came out as the department most willing and able to provide full-time staff and life-saving services to the District in our region. Some considerations that went into the decision to go forward and reach an agreement with the City of Katy and its Fire Department included, ability of a department to provide full-time staff, an improved ISO rating to attempt to achieve a reduction of insurance premiums for residents, availability of providers with staff certified and trained to administer lifesaving medical treatment, increased number of personnel in order to be able to have rescuers that can enter homes in the event of emergencies based on 2 in, 2 out requirements, and a demonstrated department commitment to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. The District directors have taken the task of finding the best available fire protection services in the region very seriously and have sought the level of service that each of the directors would want should the need ever arise for themselves, their families, and all of their fellow Fort Bend MUD 151, Firethorne residents.

As a board, we want to constantly work to improve communications with residents, and we encourage attendance at our monthly meetings, which are held the third Wednesday of the month. We realize that residents may not be able to attend all meetings, and we encourage you to reach out to us directly with questions and inquiries at any time so that we can consider all of your questions and concerns under our public comment in our open meetings. We are committed to being responsive to your concerns and encourage your interest and involvement in the activities of Fort Bend MUD 151.