Nine volunteers were providing service to the district in 2009, two years after the ESD was created, according to Teague, who said the district now has about two dozen active volunteers, plus nine part-time firefighters, three part-time paid battalion chiefs and an administrative assistant.
The district has implemented a stipend program to reimburse expenses for volunteers who put in a certain number of hours with the district to encourage volunteers to be on standby, which reduces response time to calls.
Volunteers are at the station about 85 percent of the time on the weekends, according to Teague.
Firefighters also have more training than they previously did, according to Battalion Chief Wade West.
Ninety percent of the proposed annexation area is within 5 miles travel distance of the district fire station, which would give residents the benefit of the district’s current ISO rating of an 8b and a little bit of a break with their insurance, Teague said.
Most people in the area are currently a 10 on a scale of one to 10 or unprotected, according to Teague.
“The other advantage right now is that all that area doesn’t have any fire hydrants and Weatherford doesn’t have a tanker,” Teague said. “We have three ... available, which is 9,000 gallons that we can deliver.”