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Benton County Fire District 4 provides fire and emergency medical service (EMS) to approximately 22,000 people over 52 square miles. Our service area includes the city of West Richland and the unincorporated areas around it. In 2022, our firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics respond to an average of 2,200 calls, 65% 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.



Always wear a lifejacket. Even if you’re a good swimmer! On a boat, or in the water, lifejackets save lives.


Benton County Fire District 4 is one of several agencies that offer loaner lifejackets. Please call Slita Superawesome at (509) 967-2945 to arrange a pick-up time/location. Due to station renovations/repairs underway at Station 420, please call in advance so we can have lifejacket ready for you to pick-up. We cannot accommodate drop-ins this summer as Station 420 is not open to the public during construction.

Chief Paul Carlyle reminding you that anytime is a good time to make sure your family and home is protected with smoke alarms, as well as an escape plan.

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.