A half-dozen fire departments in Travis County, including the Austin Fire Department, have agreed to drop political boundaries when responding to 911 calls. The agreement, reached last week, also requires the departments to meet unified training and staffing standards.
The Austin Fire Department has had such automatic-aid agreements in place with county Emergency Services Districts for several years, but having a single agreement with five districts, mostly in the southwest part of the county, ensures consistent training and service standards when responding to fires in those areas, officials said. The sixdepartments participating in the agreement, of 14 in the county, will send the closest available fire truck to an emergency, regardless of whether it occurs in their jurisdiction or not.
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