Residents who live in the unincorporated areas of rural Nueces County will be getting some help thanks to a series of contracts for emergency services.

County commissioners last week unanimously approved five separate contracts for Emergency Services districts 1 through 4 and the city of Robstown that would provide "fire and emergency rescue services in the unincorporated areas" of the county.

Emergency management coordinator Bill Roberts said the agreements do not include Emergency Medical Services.

"That is an entirely different issue," Roberts said.

The contract states that the county will pay the city and districts $100 per call dispatched by MetroCom to which they respond to, with the exception of false alarms. The county will reimburse for up to three false alarm runs per month in the amount of $35 for each dispatched call, though.

The services to be provided will include extinguishing a fire, rescuing individuals trapped in vehicles, or responding "to any other critical situation requiring assistance for the prevention of loss of life from fire or other hazard which may result in serious injuries to persons."

The contract will run through Sept. 30, 2008 with a one-year renewal option beginning Oct. 1, 2008, but only if funds are allocated in the county's 2008-09 budget and an amendment agreed upon by both parties to extend the contract.

ESD No. 5 was not included in the vote last week. Roberts recommended to the court tabling the item so that further discussions and work on the contract could take place.