Denton County commissioners approved a number of ambulance and fire protection services agreements with area towns Tuesday.
The county annually contracts with fire and medical departments in towns like Celina, Corinth, Highland Village, Sanger, Prosper, Roanoke and Trophy Club so emergency service can reach the unincorporated areas of the county efficiently.
“This is one of the duties we’re required to give to the people,” Precinct 1 County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said. “It’s one of our many challenges, to make sure we have adequate fire protection and ambulance services in the unincorporated areas.”
Part of the problem, Coleman said, is the smaller special districts that are cropping up in the county and the population growth leading to much denser areas.
The cost for each municipality varies and based on the previous year’s total number of calls. The county pays an initial $10,000 and then reimburses the departments $475 per call, Coleman said.
Sanger, for example, officials estimated 266 fire calls this year, roughly $136,000. Oak Point is estimated to have 198 fire calls for a total of $104,000.
“That’s the standard rate we do across the county,” Coleman said.
For some of the smaller towns, this contract proves to be a big source of funding for them, he added.
“Generally, in my opinion, it’s a good deal for everybody,” Coleman said.
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