Benton County Fire District #4


Updated: May 20, 2019

Resident Firefighter Position
Benton County Fire Protection District #4 is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill an immediate need and to establish a list for future Resident and Intern Firefighter openings. Applications can be found by following the link below or by stopping by Station 420, 2604 Bombing Range Road, West Richland WA 99353.  Applications can be mailed or dropped off at this address.  

Benton County Fire Protection District #4 is a special service district that provides fire protection to the City of West Richland and surrounding county areas.  The fire district was established in 1954 and encompasses 52 square miles. Our calls for service include emergency medical services, structure fires, wildland fires, citizen assists, vehicle accidents, water rescues, and hazardous materials incidents.  The district successfully passed an EMS Levy in 2010 and will continue EMS transport service for our community.

We are comprised of a combination staff including 17 career staff and about 25 volunteers, with 9 of the volunteers being residents/interns.  We operate out of two stations (with a third station beginning construction this year) that house multiple fire apparatus, two medic units and one reserve unit, and 4-6 command/staff vehicles.
We have several members that are on specialized teams such as swift water rescue, technical rescue, and incident management.
The district handles about 1800 calls per year, including mutual and automatic aid with neighboring departments. The career and resident/intern staff work a modified Detroit 24-hour shift schedule. In addition,  volunteers respond when they are available.
Benefit Information:

Monthly Stipend of $800-1000 with an opportunity to earn more
Housing, Internet and Utilities provided by the District for Residents
Numerous Opportunities for Trainings and Certifications Including:

On-the-Job Experience and Training

Candidate Contact Person:
Captain Bob Shannon, Recruit Coordinator
Phone 509-967-2945

Position Requirements:

·         18 years of age
·         Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License
·         High School Diploma or GED

Lateral Entry/Prior Experience:
Consideration will be made for those applicants who are currently a resident firefighter or volunteer or have recent experience with another fire district/department. The minimum standards must still be met, and a passing score will be required to advance in the process.

Desired Qualifications:

·         IFSAC Firefighter I and II
·         NWCG Firefighter II or higher
·         EMTB or higher
·         Currently enrolled or working towards a degree in Emergency Services

Candidates must also:

·         Pass the department written and physical agility test
·         Pass a criminal background check
·         Have and maintain an insurable driving record

Volunteer Firefighter Position Information
Benton County Fire Protection District #4 (BCFD4) is a department that is comprised of volunteers as well as career members.  BCFD4 relies heavily on the volunteers for call response, participation in community events, public education, and various other requests for public assistance. Volunteers are needed firefighting, EMS, and logistical support. When applying, candidates can how they would like to volunteer their time.
If applying for volunteer firefighter, no previous experience is necessary. BCFD4 provides a training academy for both wildland and structural firefighting. After the academy, each volunteer is encouraged to become involved with the department as much as possible. 

BCFD4 also allows volunteers for EMS only, provided they are currently qualified as an EMT or higher.
To become a volunteer firefighter or EMT, candidates must:

·         Complete an accurate application
·         Be at least 18 years of age at appointment and eligible to work in the United States
·         Possess a High School Diploma or GED.
·         Have and maintain an insurable driving record
·         Pass the pre-employment written and physical agility tests
·         Have a clear criminal history for crimes against people, drugs, firearms, etc.
·         Successfully pass a background check.
·         Must have and maintain physical fitness for duty and be capable of performing any required firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical activities.
·         Live within a reasonable response time to district boundaries or stations.

Recruiting will normally happen once a year, depending on the need for volunteers, and in conjunction with the recruit academy dates, but applications are accepted throughout the year.  Applicants are contacted after turning in completed applications by a representative from BCFD4 with more information on the next step in the process. If at any time after turning in an application, applicants can change their information by contacting the station.

Candidate Contact Person:
Captain Bob Shannon, Recruit Coordinator
Phone 509-967-2945