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Benton County Fire District 4 is proud to provide fire and emergency medical service (EMS) to approximately 20,000 people over 52 square miles. Our service area includes the city of West Richland and its immediate unincorporated areas, but we are a separate taxing district. In 2021, approximately 56 volunteer and career firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics responded to 2,054 calls, 64% of which were EMS-related.

Our fire district started as an all-volunteer department in 1954. Now we rely on volunteers as well as paid and part-time personnel to respond to emergencies. The West Richland community is growing at a rapid rate, and we need your help. You can train as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, or firefighter/EMT. EMTs are in high demand right now as 64% of our calls are for medical emergencies. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to give back to your community and it helps keep property taxes low compared to other staffing models.

UPCOMING:

  • Q&A Session: July 21 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. – EMS Levy Lid Lift – the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting at Station 420 located at 2604 Bombing Range Road. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions during the question and answer portion of the meeting.
  • Open House: July 23 (Saturday) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 430 located at 8031 Keene Road. Community members can stop by the fire station and learn more about the EMS levy lid lift and bring children for a fun day out, too:
    • Tour the station and fire trucks
    • See and learn about the tools and equipment that emergency personnel use to train and save lives
    • Face painting, goodies, prize wheel and fire hose spray station for kids
    • Commissioner’s table where you can meet fire officials, including the fire chief, and get your questions answered about the lid lift

NOTICES

  • PUBLIC NOTICE: Special Board Meeting June 5, 2022
  • PRO/CON COMMITTEE MEMBERS SOUGHT: Benton County Fire Protection District No. 4 recently adopted Resolution No. 2022-04 providing for the submission to the voters on August 2, 2022 a proposition authorizing the District to restore its EMS levy rate to $.50 per thousand of assessed valuation and to adopt a growth factor of six percent for the following five years. The district is accepting names of people interested in participating in voter pamphlet statement pro and con committees. Citizens interested in participating, please contact Slita Bradley via email at [email protected] by May 10, 2022.
  • Architectural/Engineering RFQ – deadline 3/17/2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Lifejackets Save Lives

Did you know that we one of several lifejacket loaner stations in Washington State? If you’d like to borrow a lifejacket, please call us at (509) 967-2945. We want you to stay safe on the water!

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION AVAILABLE Do you belong to a service organization, community group or homeowner association that is looking for virtual speakers? Fire Chief Paul Carlyle welcomes invitations to speak (virtually) to local groups. He can provide an overview of the Fire District, and answer any questions about emergency response in Benton County Fire District #4. Please direct meeting requests to [email protected] or call Station 420 at (509) 967-2945.