On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Montgomery County ESD #11 (Splendora) approved
its intent to merge/consolidate with Montgomery County ESD #7 (New Caney). The
two Districts’ have agreed to create an Executive Leadership Team consisting of two
board members from each fire district, and the Fire Chief of ESD #7, Jeff Taylor. ESD
#11 appointed Dustin Payne and Barry Welch, and ESD #7 has appointed Jan Peterson
and David Sheffield.
The Executive Leadership Team will create and develop an interlocal agreement to be
utilized during the consolidation process by both fire districts. The interlocal agreement
will be presented to each ESD board for final approval. The interlocal agreement will
remain in effect for day to day operations of the two districts until residents have the
opportunity to vote on the consolidation at a date to be named later.
“It is the goal of ESD #11 to consolidate with ESD #7 to further enhance the level of
emergency services provided to the citizens of each district by improving executive
leadership and increasing fire service professionalism and readiness within our districts”
stated Dustin Payne, ESD #11 board president. The two fire districts have been reviewing
the pros and cons of fire district merger/ consolidation for the last several months. Each
review has revealed that a merger/ consolidation would enhance the level of service to the
residents of East Montgomery County with improved response times, result in greater
administrative coordination, and better use of human resources. Overall the merger/ consolidation will provide better fire and emergency services to the tax payers.
“The consolidation of the two emergency service districts symbolizes the beginning of a new era for emergency services in East Montgomery County,” said Jeff Taylor, ESD #7 Fire Chief. “The merge of our departments will better serve the community. Our firefighters and volunteer personnel will be better trained and better equipped and our departments will be more flexible to meet the demands of the future”, Taylor said.
Over the next several months the Executive Leadership Team will work diligently to oversee a thorough and efficient transition of the ESD merger/consolidation. In the coming weeks additional information will be made available for residents to learn more of the merger/consolidation processes. For additional information regarding the merger of both fire departments please contact Fire Chief Jeff Taylor at 281.689.3112.