Joshua city officials and the Johnson County Emergency Service District No. 1 recently approved a one-year contract to provide fire service within Joshua’s corporate city limits as well as the Wildwood Estates Addition of Johnson County. The agreement replaces the previous contract, which expired Sept. 30.

Joshua remains part of the ESD, and will honor all current and future mutual aid agreements with area fire departments, according to a release from the city.

While Joshua remains within the ESD, the new contract brings changes for the city and county residents outside of Joshua, including possible increased response times, according to a Monday release from the ESD.

“The ESD wants to assure the citizens living in the areas surrounding Joshua that the services that were previously provided by [Joshua Volunteer Fire Department] will continue to be provided by nearby fire departments including Briaroaks VFD and Keene FD on the east side of Joshua and Mid North VFD and Godley VFD on the west side of Joshua,” the ESD release states. “Due to this change, emergency response times to the surrounding areas may be increased. The ESD will be working to reduce these response times utilizing the proposed staffing plan or other programs.”

Under the contract, the ESD will pay JVFD $120,622.

“This is approximately 77 percent of what the citizens of Joshua will pay in property taxes to the ESD this year,” a city of Joshua release states. “This money will help fund the total budget of JVFD, which is $303,000.”

JVFD, during the last fiscal year, ran 1,236 calls of which 668 were in corporate city limits and 568 were outside, city officials said.

At the request of the city, the new contract does not include any mutual aid or automatic aid between ESD and JVFD, or any other benefits normally provided by the ESD to its contracting fire departments, ESD officials said.

The ESD contracts with 15 other area departments.

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