Those kind of events occur three or four times per year, he said, but the equipment needed is too expensive for any one fire department.
“We have to call for outside resources from Tarrant County,” Scott said. “This will shorten the response time.”
When Stone made his presentation to commissioners in July, he also asked that the county review fire service contracts earlier, so checks could be mailed at the beginning of the fiscal year in October.
The county’s extended budget process tends to slow down the contracts, Scott said, and last year, the way the funding is allocated was changed completely.
This year, no major changes were made on the county’s behalf, Scott said, but the contracts were not submitted to the county attorney until the middle of last month.
“The final presentation was made to the fire chiefs in September,” he said. “That’s what was submitted for the contracts.”
The VFDs and ESDs will receive their funding in four equal payments issued on a quarterly basis, Scott said. The payments will begin Jan. 31.
“They have to have their run records turned in,” Scott said. “According to the county attorney, the county can’t pay them until the job is done.
“The last round of payments was made in September. Hopefully, they budget well.”