Benton County Fire District #4 Receives Grant
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Fire protection in West Richland has caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Benton County Fire District Number Four was one of 150 districts nationwide to get a special grant to help fight fires.
The population growth in West Richland has put this fire department in serious need of more help. Currently, there are 45 volunteers, three paid fire fighters and three paid fire officials.
Grant money will help pay for three more fire fighters.
Fire Chief Mike Spring, Benton County Fire District Number Four said, "It still takes people to put out fires and to extricate people during accidents and do CPR and transports so our dollars are getting thinner and our runs are going up and our population is going up."
A volunteer who is in the process of applying for an open position said there is a lack of responders when volunteers are at their day jobs. Jeremy Marceau, volunteer fire fighter said, "The amount of people we need on scene of a fire based on the amount of people who are available in the district during normal working hours. Sometimes we can fall quite a bit short of what we need."
Grant money will be distributed over five years.