By KAROLYN GEPHART
Brazoria County ESD 3 has become the direct provider of Emergency Medical Services in the areas previously served by Manvel Emergency Medical Services.
This change began July 9 after more than six months of careful preparation, according to Brazoria County Emergency Services District No. 3 Executive Director Dave Ferguson.
Manvel EMS had been serving the District, providing emergency medical services to residents in Manvel, Iowa Colony, and areas of unincorporated Brazoria County, since just before the creation of the District by voters in 2004.
Now, in the interest of assisting the District in providing even better services and finding efficiencies, Manvel EMS and the Emergency Services District have joined forces.
On July, 9 at 7 a.m., the staff of Manvel EMS traded their red, silver, and black patches for the round, multi-colored ESD logo. The transition is the beginning of efforts by the District to address the substantial incoming residential and commercial development.
The move can eventually lead to District employees being used in various emergency response capacities to supplement an outstanding core of community volunteers. Recruitment could also be boosted by the switch as employees will likely have access to benefits available only to government employees and previously unavailable to Manvel EMS.
“The District undoubtedly has made a huge investment toward providing superior services,” Ferguson said in a recent meeting with Manvel EMS staff concerning the transition. This is also evidenced by the recent expenditure of more than $1.5M for three new fire apparatus and associated firefighting equipment to service the District.
In recent months, the District has also assisted many of the contracted, volunteer fire departments in securing all new self-contained breathing apparatuses, essential for firefighting, through the FEMA-sponsored Assistance to Firefighters Grant.