BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

Ralph Woody Russell
Fire Commissioner

Position #2

Email: Commissioner402@bcfd4.org


Woody joined our department as a commissioner in 2013. Woody graduated Texas AM University in 1970 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Woody enjoys fishing fly fishing in particular, hunting, camping, kayaking, and gardening. Some hobbies that he has are woodworking and wine making. Woody is a 40 year blood donor.

Andrew J (A.J.) Hill
Fire Commissioner

Position #3

Email: Commissioner403@bcfd4.org


Prior to being elected as a commissioner with BCFD4 in 2002, AJ Started his Fire Fighting Career in 1981 with the Vestal Fire Department in Vestal, NY. AJ graduated from the Univerisity of New Haven in June 1991 and started with the Garden City Fire Department in 1992 as a career Driver/Operator. While with the Garden Fire Department AJ was promoted to the position of Fire Marshall in June 1995.

After leaving the Garden City Fire Department AJ started in March 1997 with Westinghouse Corp. as an Emergency Management Coordinator at the WIPP Project in Carlsbad, New Mexico. During this time he also volunteered with the Happy Valley Volunteer Fire Department and ranked as high as Chief Engineer.

In July of 2002 AJ started as a Fire Safety Engineer on the WTP project in Richland, Washington. Since then he has been promoted to Manager of Fire Safety in 2009.


Benton County Fire District #4


Fire District 4 Board of Commissioners meeting are held on 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month.

Gregg "Cap" CouchFire Commissioner

Position #1

Email: Commissioner401@bcfd4.org


Gregg was elected in 2011 as a Fire Commissioner for BCFD#4 with his term beginning January of 2012. Gregg started with BCFD#4 as Volunteer Fire Fighter in 1983 holding many positions including Training Officer. He began his career as a paid Fire Fighter with the Kennewick Fire Department in 1989 and retired October of 2014 after 25.5 years of service, nineteen as an officer. Gregg was also one of the first members of the regional Tri County Hazmat team joining in 1991 and was a command staff member of that team at retirement. In 1994 Gregg began his career with the Columbia Basin College Fire Science Program as a drill ground instructor and continues in his retirement as the program coordinator.