The mission of the Cameron County 9-1-1 Emergency District is to provide an efficient, effective and enhanced 911 emergency telecommunications system that assists its member jurisdictions in responding to police, fire and medical emergency calls.
The District will provide the most reliable, efficient, cost-effective and proven technologies within available resources.
- To represent the interests of member jurisdictions, emergency service providers and end users by establishing and providing the means for the Cameron County 9-1-1 Communication District to accomplish its mission, values, goals and objectives.
- To manage the Cameron County 9-1-1 Communication District in an objective, efficient, effective and responsive manner.
- To increase public awareness of 9-1-1 issues and promote the proper use of the 9-1-1 system.
In 1984 the Texas Legislature passed the Emergency Communication District Act authorizing Texas counties with populations in excess of 75,000 to establish a special 9-1-1 service district.
In June 1986, the citizens of Cameron County overwhelmingly approved (86.5% of the vote) a referendum creating a communications district and giving authorization to collect a service fee (26 cents per residential phone line, 62 cents per business phone line and 98 cents per business trunk line). Following the 1986 balloting, Cameron County Emergency Communication District was staffed and began implementation of 9-1-1 district wide.
Enhanced 9-1-1 was implemented in 1989 in Cameron County.
The District is governed by two members appointed by County Commissioners, two members appointed by Mayor of all Cities, one member appointed by the Volunteer Fire Departments, and one non-voting member representing the Principal Service Supplier.