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2014 Richland Budget Includes New Fire Station

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The city of Richland's $256 million budget for 2014 includes funding for a brand new fire station in a growing part of town. The city of Richland's $256 million budget for 2014 includes funding for a brand new fire station in a growing part of town.

RICHLAND, WA - NBC Right Now is tracking your tax dollars in the city of Richland. The city's $256 million budget for 2014 includes funding for a brand new fire station in a growing part of town.

"When this development started, there was nothing out here and now there's people moving in and businesses coming in, more jobs and we've got our first aid through them and it's close. I think it's a good thing," said resident Lyn Muth.

The people who live in the Queensgate-Duportail area said it only makes sense to put a new fire station in the area.

"I think this is a great location because of the growth and we'll just continue to see the growth with more schools and more services available out here in this area. So I think it's great for the community as a whole," said another resident, Ron Crocoll.

The South Fire Station here on Gage and Keene is actually the closest one to the Duportail-Queensgate area right now. Firefighters don't measure the distance in miles but rather in time and there, it's more than five minutes away.

"We're actually outside of a safe response time. That's only clearing Keene up toward the Queensgate area," said fire chief Grant Baynes.

EMS calls make up 80% of their work. Some of those calls, like heart attacks, are considered critical calls where those few minutes can mean saving a life or losing one. Fires are critical too.
"Fires grow exponentially minute by minute, so what can be a very easy single room fire can be three or four rooms or into the attic if we take too long to get there," said Baynes.

The new fire station will be built off of Duportail and Queensgate on a road that's not even marked yet, but is called City View.

"It takes pressure off the other stations to cover their area. So this station now will have a smaller area to cover so it's more reliable for the people here as is the station in the center of the city, the north part of the city. So everyone gets benefits," said Baynes.

To pay for the new fire station the city is increasing the ambulance utility rate by $2.32 a month. They're also saving money on design plans by sharing those costs with the Kennewick Fire Department.
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