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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.

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Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.

You may have as little as two minutes or less to safely escape a home fire from the time your smoke alarm goes off, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Your ability to get out during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

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.