MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF:
August 9, 2018
Ballots are still being counted, but it appears citizens have said yes to building and equipping a new station and replacing three fire engines in Benton County Fire District 4. Thank you! Adequate facilities and apparatus are just as important to saving lives and property as emergency personnel.
Funds from the bond will start being collected in 2019. We look forward to sharing the design and construction phases of the new facility followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony for our entire community. This is YOUR new fire station and we want you to understand how it will reduce response times and help our emergency capabilities district-wide.
Stay tuned for regular updates through our newsletter, Facebook page and web site. In the meantime, a heartfelt thank you from all of us at Benton County Fire District 4 for your support.
Chief Bill Whealan
PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD
July 28, 2018 (9:00 a.m.) Station 420 at 2604 Bombing Range Rd., West Richland
August 2, 2018 (5:30 p.m.) Station 420
March 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. - Station 420 (2604 Bombing Range)
April 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. - Station 420
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Call volumes had increased 62.5% since 2010, reflective of the population increase in the City of West Richland and the unincorporated areas we serve. Interestingly enough, the fire district had a history of building a station every 20 years, and were right on track.
Our Board of Fire Commissioners voted to place a bond issue on the August Primary Election ballot. Voters approved the bond that will be for 20 years or less, and cost approximately 28-cents per $1,000 of assessed value ($7 per month for the owner of a $300,000 home).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For answers to common questions about the bond, please click here.
IN THE NEWS
NBC Right Now - July 17, 2018
Two local fire chiefs share personal stories in support of proposed bond, levy
Tri-City Herald - July 17, 2018
Letter: 17 minutes too long
NBC RightNow - June 21, 2018
Tri-City Herald March 20, 2018
Tri-City Herald March 7, 2018
Letter: Info meetings set for fire district bond
KEPR-TV February 19, 2018
Benton County Fire District 4 rallying neighbors in support of 2018 bond
Tri-City Herald February 18, 2018
A 17-minute wait for an ambulance is too long, Benton fire district says
KVEW-TV February 5, 2018
Benton County Fire asking voters to help fund a new fire station
NBC Right Now - August 29, 2017
Insurance rating improves for Benton County Fire District 4
Tri-City Herald - August 7, 2017
Letter: Emergency response times too slow
KEPR TV - April 17, 2017
Benton County Fire District 4 buys plot of land, potential new fire station
Meetings Planned for Ballot Measures Funding Emergency Services - July 17, 2018
Board of Fire Commissioners Passes Resolution for Station, Apparatus - April 20, 2018
Board of Fire Commissioners to Meet on Bond Resolution - March 16, 2018
Benton County Fire District 4 Plans for Population Growth - February 1, 2018
NBC RightNow - June 21, 2018